WWII StoryQuest: Arthur Wright, Lights Out

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Editor’s Note: The Chestertown Spy has teamed up with the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience at Washington College to share the stories of local residents who experienced World War II, either on the Home Front or as Veterans. Students and staff have already interviewed over a hundred people about their experiences during World War II. Each installment presented in The Spy includes an audio clip of an interview, along with the corresponding transcript. You can find more audio clips and interview transcripts at storyquestproject.com. If you have a story or artifact to share, please contact Deputy Director of Starr Center, Pat Nugent, at pnugent2@washcoll.edu or 410-810-7161.

sq-2016-wright-arthur-x-02Arthur Wright: Lights Out
The airplanes, they used to come over. They used to fly toward Dover Air Force Base which is north of us right now. They would come over at nighttime, and it would be a lot. It would seem like it was a thousand. It probably wasn’t a thousand but it would make so much noise. And we would have to turn our lights down — we didn’t have electricity, but we had a lamp – to make sure they didn’t see any lights and stuff like that. The airplanes were more scary than the thunder and the lighting because it was so loud. Yeah, yeah, we were scared because we knew about the war, and we thought they were going to come over and get us.

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