LETTER - ‘Vivid memories of Eye during wartime’
Reading Peter West’s letter (September 18) about the war brought back memories of that time.
As a child I lived opposite the Eye Airfield together with my two sisters and Diana, a Jewish evacuee from
One of my most vivid recollections was of seeing a coloured man for the first time, the airfields around this area had both black and white Americans, stories of fights between them were common-place but they were always generous to us , candy was a real treat as we were surviving on food rations.
Across the road was the Eye Emergency Hospital later re-named Hartismere Hospital, we always called it the Spike a reference to the workhouse, it was used to treat injured servicemen including Italians, German prisoners of war and those with tuberculosis, a disease we feared more than the Germans as it was both contagious and fatal.