Sixty years after manning ack-ack guns
on D-Day, a Welsh woman has been rewarded for her work with ex-service personnel.
The ack-ack guns
were banging away, only to be interrupted by the occasional boom of "big Bertha", the big gun in Sandpits Lane.
ANOTHER night, tense, waiting, black-out curtains pulled tight, lights down low, The anxious silence, then the trickle of fear as the banshee wails, the siren we all know, Searchlights, pencils in the sky poking, probing the evil shadows in the black of night, Droning aircraft somewhere up above, terrifying sounds of fire and bombs and flashing firelight, Bells ringing, stirrup pumps, shouting, screaming, The plop of falling bombs, The ack-ack guns
, the noise and flak, huddled under blankets in our shelter tombs, A chink of daylight, a sense of relief once more, the wonderful silence as war fades, Out into daylight, the smells and sight of war and death, surviving yet another air raid.
Women served in many ways: manning searchlights and ack-ack guns
in defence of airbases and major cities, driving trucks in supply columns behind the front lines, manning balloons, acting as signallers, all so that more men would be available to fight at the fronts.
Mrs B Shaw, of Crosland Hill, lived in Lister Street, Moldgreen during the war and recalls two Navy ack-ack guns
in a small field off Forest Road.
the ack-ack guns
to the housewives who interrupted their routine lives to work in war factories, we could not have done without them.
While he was overhead the Amritsar radar, his aircraft came under heavy fire from enemy ack-ack guns
and got severe damage on the right wing.
They sent me down to Honiton in Devon for six weeks square-bashing, and after that I went to Bordon in Hampshire to do an eight-month course on three different types of Ack-Ack guns
DURING the war, Susan kept the ack-ack guns
in good repair, helping our brave boys win the Battle of Britain.
A lot of the girls were on the Ack-Ack guns
, but I thought that role seemed more interesting," said Brenda.
Set her off and it was like the ack-ack guns
with the wisecracks.
The noise became tremendous with the aeroplanes, bombs, incendiaries, land mines, ack-ack guns
, oil bombs, machine guns, aerial torpedoes etc and screaming bombs to scare people, which they certainly did.
Women like Edna had the job of tracking the German bombers and giving the co-ordinates to the men firing the ack-ack guns
Whenever there was an air raid during the night, Mam took my brother Raymond and me to the cupboard for safety, while she and Grandma Surley stood on the doorstep watching the searchlights and listening to the ack-ack guns
from Fenham Barracks and the shrapnel falling.
We lived near to the ICI Kynoch works, which was targeted by bombers, and I remember the sound of the ack-ack guns