Thank you kindly for that interesting link, Towanda....
February 1 2007, 6:55 AM
... I'm not sure whether I want to relive all that, bomb burst by bomb burst; but I'll take a browse through it at the weekend. I nearly got terminated several times by the Blitz, V-1s (flying bombs), and V-2s (rockets, sort of forerunners of the mideastern SCUDs, but more powerful and efficient)!
The last, which we enjoyed about 5 years after the Blitz, were the really frightening "terror" weapons of that time (for they were clearly directed at civilain populations, for no legitimate military reason; and they descended on our city 24/7 without any air raid warning - sometimes, literally, out of a clear blue sky). Years later, in America, I had the somewhat creepy experience of meeting Dr Wernher von Braun, the V-2's designer, and talking to him about what it was like to be on the receiving end!
So far, I've only met one another London Blitz survivor in New Orleans. Andre Trevigne interviewed us a few years ago (pre-K) in her old (WWL-870 AM) talk show. More recently, the D-Day Museum had me record an oral history of what it was like to be a child in London during the Blitz (in which my father lost his business and our family lost our, my childhood home - although, amazingly, we all survived. It was London's Katrina, so to speak).
Last September (post-K), the D-Day (now the National World War II) Museum included me in a presentation about the Battle of Britain (some of which I had gratefully witnessed from the ground - aware even as a boy that our few brave RAF and Allied airmen were dying in the sky to save our city from the Luiftwaffe and, essentially, to prevent a Nazi invasion that could have cost us the war and many more of our lives).
The 2006 presentation was mainly for New Orleans families with children from about the age that I had been during the Blitz and the Battle (9) through early teens. They were very interested in comparing notes about that experience and parallels in reactions, survival and recovery during Katrina and the Army-engineered flood.
Because we each see things through the "lens" of our personality and our stage of life, each individual's experience of history is unique. I am so glad that technology, etc. is such that you and so many others like you can share your perspective in such a way that it will be alive for many many years to come! Also glad that you are willing to do so, for it certainly does have its painful aspect as well.
The website mentioned has people sharing 60 or so different topics. I hope you find something interesting there!