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World War Two hero recalls sad playground tragedy on 80th anniversary of The Blitz

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The Luftwaffe attacks began on September 7, 1940, and Joan Sprigg as revived the memories of the campaign on the anniversary of its start. On that day, the attack unleashed at around 5.30pm and was carried out by hundreds of German bombers.

London was then bombed for 57 consecutive nights.

The Blitz lasted eight months, leaving behind a path of destruction and a death toll of more than 43,500.

At the time, Birmingham was being targeted due to its importance during the war as an industrial producer.

One of the city’s main assets for the country was its Spitfire production.

Ms Sprigg used to lay out the remains of victims on a school playground.

At only 15 years old, she was already conscious of the importance of helping out during the conflict, so she enrolled in the Air Raid Precautions.

She said: “I was 15 going on 16 and I lived in Birmingham and I was anxious to play a part.

“And you had to be 16 to join the Air Raid Precautions.

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“They used to start quite early, and they would sometimes go on for 13 hours.

“They made a terrific noise. The floor beneath us shuddered.

“We held our breath. There was a giant roar and we were all quieted.”

Ms Sprigg added: “We had a lot of dead who we used to lay out in the playground.



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