The air-raid shelter we shared with the next door neighbours was decked
out with a carpet of sorts and some where to sit and when the bombers were
over all the women and children were in and the men were either fire watchers or
air raid wardens out on duty. When the bombers were over the searchlights
were lighting up the sky and we were all leaning out to watch, occasionally
a plane would be caught in the lights and the guns would start firing,
when the guns stopped the fighters were up in the sky firing. the bullets
were interspaced ‘tracer’ bullet which would light up to give a sense of direction
where the enemy planes were.