Northumberland church with a war-time story

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This is a Saxon church I painted in acrylic. It is St Andrew’s church in Bolam, Northumberland. It has an interesting war-time history. During the Second World War a German bomber was flying over Bolam being attacked by RAF Beaufighters. Willi Schludecker, the German pilot, decided to drop his remaining bombs to lighten his Dornier 217E2. One dropped outside the church and bounced through a window landing on the floor. It, however, didn’t explode. Many years after the war the pilot somehow got in touch with the church as he wanted to apologise to everyone. He travelled to England to apologise in person and there were various newspaper articles about him. The spot where the bomb dropped is marked inside the church with copies of news reports. A memorial window was put in place after the war.

 

Joy Scott was just 22years old and living at Bolam Low House Farm when she was awakened by all the noise. She recalled that as she watched, a huge bomber thundered overhead, braking branches off the treetops of her parents’ farm and pursued by Beaufighters. She heard several explosions and in the morning she went up the hill to the church to see what had happened. The second bomb had broken through the churchyard wall, bounced off a gravestone and through the wall of the church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 comments on “Northumberland church with a war-time story

  1. juliecround says:

    Reminds me of the church in Malta where a bomb dropped through the dome!

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  2. erikleo says:

    Hi Julie
    I’ve added some more detail and tried to paste a photo of the unexploded bomb next to the window but failed with the technology! I may try another time.

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  3. That’s a really splendid painting & a great story! Thanks…

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