Dunstable Yesteryear: Where a war-time bomb fell

Where a war-time bomb fell
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A war-time bomb dropped here

Dunstable, unlike neighbouring Luton, escaped comparatively unscathed from war-time bombing but there were some scares.

A stick of bombs was dropped in the Totternhoe Road area, causing worries that the Germans had traced the heavily camouflaged location nearby of the Meteorological Office.

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But there were no further attacks on the area and the weather-forecasting station continued with the work which was was to prove particularly vital for the D-Day invasion.

Dunstable History Society member Les Marsh took this photo in the 1990s of the meadow alongside Totternhoe Road, near the top of Lancot Hill, where there had been a crater left by one of the bombs.

By then, the crater had been filled in. The site is now a housing estate called Badgers Gate, after the animals which once roamed the area.

Yesteryear is compiled by John Buckledee, chairman of Dunstable and District Local History Society.

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