Remembering Childhood During The Blitz

Sara Dangel with her father-in-law Derek Rudd.
Sara Dangel with her father-in-law Derek Rudd.

Sometimes the memories from childhood can stay with us for a lifetime.

Sara Dangel sat down with her father-in-law Derek Rudd recently and asked him about some memories from his time as a boy in England during World War II.

One of those memories included The Blitz, a German bombing campaign focused on London from 1940 to 1941. At this time, Derek lived in a town called Brentwood Essex that happened to be on the flight path of these devastating raids.

This story was produced locally by Stephen Key and recorded in partnership with The Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth. To learn more about recording with a friend or loved one in the recording booth visit


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