Out of the Blue by Val Rutt Find!
Out of the Blue is a story of first love in wartime Kent. It is a fictional story, with imagined characters, but inspired by an actual event in June 1944, when a V1 flying bomb was shot down and exploded on a camp near Charing, causing the loss of over 50 lives.
Describing how the story evolved, Val Rutt writes:
Reading the letters of survivors who had witnessed the tragedy, I started to think about the men who lost their lives that day and all the people who had been affected by it. The bereft loved ones, the survivors, local people who were sworn to secrecy.....
..... the loss of life in a Kent field that June morning is as significant a part of D-day as the Normandy landings and should be remembered.
(Out of the Blue was published earlier this year by Piccadilly Press as a 'Teen Book', and I've reserved a copy at Maidstone Library. I hope to update this blog if this website is still open when I have read the book.)
H E Bates and Flying Bombs over Kent
A tip-off from Rob led me to discover that, during World War 2, the literary career of H E Bates was given a boost when he was appointed writer-in-residence by the Air Ministry.
Initially Bates wrote a number of stories on service life, and these were published in the News Chronicle under the pseudonym Flying Officer X. (Later they were published in book form as The Greatest People in the World and How Sleep the Brave.)
Bates was also instructed to prepare an official history of the concept, design and use of the ferocious V1 and V2 flying bombs, which were being sent over from Germany in a last-ditch attempt to turn the tide of the war immediately after the D-Day landings in June 1944. Drawing on his detailed knowledge of his subject, Bates conveyed a vivid picture of these "vengeance weapons" and their impact. He described the tense atmosphere of the time, when the people of Kent, living in "V1 alley", were constantly under the shadow of these air-borne weapons; he explained their highly skilled design; he described the devastation they caused, and he showed how they were finally repulsed by the men and women of this new front-line Battle of Britain. But, in 1945, the Government immediately imposed an embargo on Bates' manuscript for 30 years. It was kept locked away in the Public Record Office where it was forgotten about until nearly 20 years after Bates' death. It was discovered in 1993 by the Kent writer Bill Ogley, who was carrying out research for a book on flying bombs. With permission from the Bates family, Bill Ogley published the manuscript through his own publishing company, Froglets, in 1994, giving it the title Flying Bombs Over England.
An article published in January 1994 in The Independent reports on this discovery:
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