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Billwalkey

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Money box bomb in market hall
« on: October 15, 2015, 12:17:23 PM »
If I remember correctly, the bomb in question was dropped on April 9, 1941.
When the bomb disposal squad went to disarm it, there was a note on the fuse saying, "good luck from the Czecs" (forced labour camp) and the firing pin was hammered over to make it useless.
Wish I knew where it is now.

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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 03:21:10 PM »
Hi Bill

Welcome to you, I'm afraid I was unable to find out what happened to the old bomb casing that used to stand in the old Market Hall and was used as a collection box for The Lord Mayors Fund. Knowing Birmingham Councils lack of respect for anything nostalgic or old they probably scrapped it.
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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2015, 03:40:37 PM »
Is that a true story?? Wonderful, if so.

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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2015, 04:04:51 PM »
It's pretty obvious from the sate of the bomb shell that it didn't explode as for the rest of the story I don't know. perhaps Bill will come back and tell us what he knows and his source for the story.
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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2015, 10:02:06 PM »
Where about in the Bull Ring was the bomb displayed?
Was it a vision, or a waking dream?

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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2015, 11:29:08 PM »
In the old Market Hall on the left hand side, I'm not sure now as it's over 50 years ago but I think it was half way along against the wall.
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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2015, 08:34:00 AM »
If I remember correctly the bomb was in the left back corner by a pet store just past the sea food stall, i remember eating cockles mussels & welks with my dad & sitting on the bomb as a nipper .

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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2015, 01:45:37 PM »
Yep, I remember the bomb too.
We used to go with our Dad to town when he did the Saturday shopping and I loved it when we went past the 'andy carrier lady into the market hall and I got one of those little porcelain dishes full of cockles.
Another treat for us was to go up on the roof of Lewis's, Dad hated it, he was scared of heights

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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2015, 09:54:14 PM »
If I remember correctly the bomb was in the left back corner by a pet store just past the sea food stall, i remember eating cockles mussels & welks with my dad & sitting on the bomb as a nipper .

I can remember the pet store with all the puppies in their cages but not the bomb. What year are we talking about?
Was it a vision, or a waking dream?

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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2015, 10:20:38 PM »
The bomb was in the market hall until it closed for demolition around 1961
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Re: Money box bomb in market hall
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2015, 11:12:51 PM »
Looking at the photo of the bomb, it's big. Does anyone know what the heaviest German bomb was ?