Bill Purdy - Three minutes late

Running time
54 sec

Department of Veterans' Affairs


I almost had a very personal experience. I had a girlfriend at the time who I was going to meet outside the Cumberland Hotel opposite Marble Arch. And I was coming from the city side, she was coming from the Paddington side, and a V2 bomb came down, a V2 came down faster than the speed of sound and the first thing it exploded, then a “schooch” the sound coming down and I’m running three minutes late and suddenly there is this enormous explosion, columns of smoke, so I’m hastening to get up to the corner thinking I had better get a new girlfriend and fortunately she was three minutes late too. So we had a nice reunion and we got together.

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