V1 Flying Bomb (1944)
St Audrey's destroyed
St Audrey’s Senior School Hatfield, was destroyed by a German V1 flying bomb (Doodlebug or Buzzbomb) in the early hours of 10th Oct 1944. In addition to destroying the school the bomb wrecked many houses in Endymion and Beaconsfield Road killing nine and injuring many others. I was 13 at the time and a member of the Boy Scouts (1st Hatfield Troop – Viscount Cranborne`s Own). Our “Scouts” contributed to the Civil Defence in several ways throughout WW2. On this occasion we assisted in clearing the bomb damage. Our task was to help members of the RAF (Airfield Construction) from the nearby Mill Green Camp. They with their vehicles and equipment were clearing the remains of our school, removing it to gravel pits located between Hatfield and Sandridge. Our sombre mood through the loss of our school and the fatalities was matched by the autumnal misty day with overcast sky as we set about our work. In a moment of respite I saw through the mist, atop a distant heap of rubble, a solitary small book. A light breeze was flicking over the pages. The scene had a poignancy that drew me. It was to prove so for the book was a school New Testament Bible. It just had to be rescued. I still have it to today in memory of St. Audrey’s School and all that it meant to us. My school boyish hand at the time so recorded on the inside cover page.