World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

Michael Charles Ushewood


This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Bill Ross of the ‘Action Desk – Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Michael Isherwood.

I was eleven years old when the war started. Very early one morning, towards the end of September 1939, I was awakened by the noise of aircraft engines. I looked out to see a Heinkel 111 circling low over Southampton Docks. Nobody took the slightest notice, it did not drop any bombs and nobody shot at it. I never found out why.

Later on in the war, the gasworks was hit. Somehow, my mother managed to cook meals over the dining room fire or with a primus stove.