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TV search for Blitz survivors

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tv_cameramanTHE search is on for Helensburgh people who were evacuated to the town after the Clydebank Blitz.

Amena Hasan, of Finestripe Productions in Glasgow, who is working on a TV programme for the BBC, is looking at 'Home Front' experiences during the Second World War.

She says: “In looking at the Clydebank Blitz I realised that a lot of people were evacuated after the Blitz to Helensburgh.

“I am keen to speak to anyone in the area who can shed any more light on this, especially if they know of anyone who remembers taking a family in, or remembers their parents talking about it.”

During two devastating Luftwaffe air raids on March 13 and 14 1941, Clydebank was largely destroyed. The town suffered the worst destruction and civilian loss of life in all of Scotland — 528 people died, 617 people were seriously injured, and hundreds more were injured by blast debris.

Out of approximately 12,000 houses, only seven remained undamaged — with 4,000 completely destroyed and 4,500 severely damaged. Clydebank's production of ships and ammunition for the Allies made it a target, and a total of 439 bombers dropped over 1,000 bombs.

Amena can be contacted by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by phone on 0141-440 6789.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 May 2010 10:08 )  

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