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Village of Oak Creek resident Betty Bowell lived through the threat of bombings during World War II in England, and only recently decided to share her story.Betty Bowell holds up the carved oak fragment that struck her father in the head during a bombing of Coventry, England, during World War II. Bowell spent six years of her childhood under threat of German attack during wartime, and now resides in the Village of Oak Creek.

Spurred on by a visit to her granddaughter’s fourth-grade class, Bowell began writing down her recollection of the experience so that the children would have some insight, and Bowell said that now she wants to share it before it’s too late for her.

“This is an area of retired people who were involved in the Second World War to some degree, and friends of mine always felt that I should share this,” she said. “Maybe I should before it’s too late.”

Bowell’s family lived in Coventry, England, where her father worked in a factory, and the city’s status as a growing industrial center made it a target for air raids by Germany during the war.

To read the full story, see the Friday, July 11, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • David Lewis

    Hello
    Very interesting, I worked in Coventry for many years as a Firefighter (now retired), and found this fascinating. My wife and I are moving back to Sedona next year. Dave Lewis

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