The three Copes are my granddad, and my twin uncles. They saved my moms life by throwing her under a table, but got killed themselves. The space where their house stood is still there, never built upon. My mom and nan would never speak of it, it was all too painful. Now I wish I had known much more.The raid on 19/11/1940 was the 43rd raid on Birmingham, three deaths listed in St Stephens Road (Cope) some information on
Swanshurst School/BARRA site., just enter date in search..
There is also a number of pages regarding the raid in the book Heroes of The Birmingham Air Raids by Michael Minton.
ChrisM, that was very interesting, had not read that article before. I was aged 10 and 11 in 1940/1941 and we had just moved to Shirley (Cranmore Boulevard) from Sheldon and at night we could see the glow over Birmingham during the air raids. We felt for the people in Brum including our Gran and Grandad in Queens Rd Aston who refused to come and stay with us. Turned out to be a wise decision as a stray bomb fell on a house opposite us in Clinton Road completely destroying the house and the blast damaged our house and for the next 3 weeks we lived in a romany caravan at a farm in Earlswood whilst repairs were made to make our house habitable again mainly windows and roof damage. My sisters and I thought it was a great adventure, my parents no doubt thought different. Eric
RAF Castle Bromwich 31st Oct 1940
At 1444 hours, five enemy aircraft machine-gunned many houses in the vicinity and some damage was done to roofs and glass from AA guns and blast. The Repairable Equipment Ltd Factory was the chief sufferer but the extent of the damage is not yet known.
Oh yes, the low machine gunning along the streets definitely did happen. My Mom told me that she was on a bus taking me to visit my Grandad in Billesley. I was only a baby so this would be around 1940/41. The bus was going through Digbeth when a German plan flew low, machine gunning along the street as it went. She threw herself over me to protect me, and luckily now harm was done to either of us.
I seem to remember that a German fighter plane machine gunned the Grafton Cinema, on the Coventry Road. I believe someone was killed, but I am not sure . I also recollect seeing bits that had been taken out of the entrance masonry.