The OD Issue 2 - page 15

2012 · ISSuE 2
or supper to their allotted shelters. “Night
after night we heard the German bombers
with their characteristic throbbing drone
flying overhead to places like Coventry and
Birmingham,” remembers Colonel Tim
May (OD 1944). In the heaviest bombing of
London and Coventry the glow of fires from
bombed buildings was easily visible from
houses in Oxford at night.
Despite the disrupted nights, school life
continued. “Many of the staff must have
believed the war was lost and that invasion
was imminent. Yet no hint of apprehension
was conveyed by any of them,” noted Peter
Newsam (OD 1942). “They were determined
not to allow events outside the school to
influence their day-to-day work.”
Pictured here and overleaf: the Dragon School Science Club in the 1940s.
Photos courtesy of David M. Evans (OD 1948)
Early air raid precautions at the Dragon
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