The First Bomb Dropped

The First Bomb Dropped


The only casualty of the first bomb in WW2 to fall on British soil was a rabbit.


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A story from Laurence Shuardson who witnessed the bomb dropped:

"I was going to school and I had two miles to walk. I was on top of a hill at a place called Bobby Ratter Loch when this black pencil-like aircraft came from behind me. I could see the people in the aircraft, it was that low. I later found out it was a Dornire 17.

As it passed over the guns started firing from Sullum Voe, the shells were dropping in the sea and exploding in the air. I took fright, ran down the hill to see my friends, and told them that I wasn't going to school that day, and then I ran all the way home and hid in a haystack.

The bombs and shells were dropping in the sea and making big splashes. One hit near a village school. My uncle, who was a haulage contractor helping to build the airfield at Sullum Voe, went and picked up a fragment of this bomb. It lay around the house for years as a doorstop.

Apparently, the only casualty was a rabbit; and there were pictures in the national press about this rabbit. I was led to believe that the 'Crazy Gang' wrote a song called "Run Rabbit, Run" - what truth there is in that I don't know!! That was the very first bomb dropped in the Second World War."


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