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SUTTON HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS AIR RAID SHELTER

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Published on Jul 9, 2008

a video of the air raid shelter at Sutton High School for Boys, Plymouth. This was under the west playground area. Video shows graffiti of Hitler, Goring, Churchill & Mussolini. Also sketches of battleships, planes, aerial dog fights, Heinkels, V ...- signs, "den den den da" or "dot dot dash" in morse, pilots bailing out on parachutes with speech balloons saying "help" - barrage balloons. Then there are words "they are in love" "kiss me darling" "victory, we will win" "Plymouth warship week" "bride of the NAAFI." a sketch of a raiding eagle, remains of toys, sandbags, anti-gas curtains, paper posters commanding "no smoking, no dogs" there was fear that the noise and stress of a raid could drive the dogs mad & they would attack someone. The older gentleman is Gordon Batten of Plymouth, who attended this school in the war when it was "the Emergency High School." Sadly he has since passed away, video being shot around 1993. In true Plymouth style this shelter and its imagery have all been destroyed. Finally there are some images from a large shelter under the garden of a large private house in Plymouth

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