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PostBombs over Savona: A Childhood Memory (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/19/19 4:22 am)
I came across this presentation (in Spanish) on the British bombers of WWII. It was "interesting" to see these old planes again, which I first saw many years ago.
As a kid I remember them very well. If there were only a few of them we ran to the shelters because they would attack our town, but if they were in the hundreds, with a terrific noise even though they were relatively high, we all went outside to look at them as this meant they were heading north to bomb Germany.
Unfortunately our local anti-aircraft defenses were not so effective against them, but some were shot down amidst our great cheers. The heroic fighter planes of the RSI were active mostly in the north of Italy. About shooting down enemy planes over Savona there was a curious story. At that time it was said that when the wreckage could not be found for some planes, they had gone down into the sea. Those from Turin replied that for them the river Po was too small to "sink" there the "downed" planes.
JE comments: See below. The presenter, Diego Cánovas, begins with the classic story of Goering promising never to allow Allied bombers to reach the Ruhr, "or you can call me Meyer." I never quite understood the profundity of this anecdote.
Eugenio, are you saying that the meager anti-aircraft defenders around Savona made a lot of false claims of planes shot down into the sea? Regardless, those of us who never experienced bombardment can only imagine the lifelong scar it leaves on a child.