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Spooky War Stories - My Mothers Brush With Fate

Updated on April 21, 2020
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My mother, Sergeant Georgina Stone, was stationed at North Weald Aerodrome in World War II. Among the terrible losses, humor, and laughter, some pretty strange occurrences happened.


World War II Lorry

When Fate Steps In

My mother was a Sergeant at the RAF base, North Weald which is in Essex England.

She was there for most of the war, but near the end, she was transferred to Biggin Hill, then Bisham Abbey near Marlow Buckinghamshire.

When she was stationed at North Weald she would always get a lift from the American lorry drivers who would supply the base with food and essentials and then drive through to her town.

She met a lovely guy who always picked her up and dropped her off. Usually with a huge bag of chocolate, nylons and much to her family's delight, tins of pears and other fruit that they couldn't get in the war because of rations.

She took this trip at least 20 times until one day when she was stopped by her superior.

It had never happened before. But for some reason, the woman wanted to speak to her about her skirt.

'Sergeant Stone, why are you not wearing regulation clothing?'

My mum turned to her and replied.....

'I am on leave, so I didn't feel it was appropriate to wear it while travelling.'

'Well go and change it!'

So she did.

And because of this, she missed her lift.

But on the way home, she saw something that left her cold. And very sad.

The lorry was up a tree!

It had been blown up at the time she would have been travelling with it. The lorry and the lovely American driver were gone.

When she went back to camp and spoke to her superior, the woman said,

'You know? I have no idea why I pulled you up on that. Something made me do it.'

scullery 1940s kitchen
scullery 1940s kitchen

The Saddest Call of All

My Grandmother Rose Stone was washing up at her kitchen sink. She called it a Scullery as it was a small kitchen at the back of her old three-storey house.

It was just another day in the dark times of the second world war. She knew her son Ron was training to be an RAF bomber command pilot. But she knew he had been there for months and felt he was relatively safe.

Then it happened.

A bright light shone in her eyes through the window and she heard her son yell 'mum' at the top of his voice.

She collapsed on the floor and the rest of the family went running to her aid. To start with they couldn't get any sense out of her until she screamed,

'Its Ron, he's dead, I heard him!'

The family were so shocked but put it down to panic or imagination. Until the next day when there came the knock on the door.

He had died exactly at the time Granny Rose heard him. He drowned after his plane had come down in the River Dee in Scotland. He got out but dived back in to save his friend. They both drowned.

In my mother's own words;

'Such sad times. Sometimes heartbreaking, other times touched with laughter, fun and a manic sort of happiness that was snatched between the horrors to make everything seem extra colourful and vibrant. And in that, we found a sort of contentment, only to be broken once again by pain.'

— Georgina Stone

North Weald Control Tower

North Weald Control Tower
North Weald Control Tower

A Swop of Duty, and a Saved Cot

Another spooky occurrence involving my mother was the night when she was supposed to be in the Conning, or control, Tower at North Weald. It was her turn to man the phones and deal with the planes flying back in from their raids.

This particular night she was asked by another one of the WAAF's would she please swop with her as she had a date the following week? So my mum changed duty with her and went home on leave instead.

After a lovely weekend with her family, my mother went back to base. The sight that greeted her was horrific.

The airbase had been bombed and the Conning Tower was blown to smithereens!

Her friend and the other crew were all dead.

My mother had beaten Fate twice.

But luckily for me, she was saved 3 times!

The third was when she placed me in a cot nearly 20 years later. She was living at home with all the family which included Grandparents too.

The house was pretty old but there was nothing to indicate any problems until on this particular day.

She said a few years later that she had got a 'feeling' which made her do what she did.

She said:

'I was just sitting there, the cot was over by the corner and suddenly I had this strangest feeling. And it was urgent! I rushed across, scooped you (me) up out of the cot and ran out of the room. Suddenly there was an almighty bang and a thunderous noise, and looking back I was shocked to see the ceiling had fallen in. And most of the debris had fallen straight into your cot!'

Without that feeling, neither I nor my mother would be here today!

One word, Phew!


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      11 months ago from England

      Hi Rochelle, thanks for reading them. That was a shame, being shot down like that. we lost our uncle the same way. Heroes back then. thanks

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      Rochelle Frank 

      11 months ago from California Gold Country

      She lived through some fascinating experiences. (I had to go read the related articles, which were also interesting.) My mom's cousin (American) joined the RAF before the US entered the war. He was there only a short time but apparently earned the admiration of his fellow pilots as being "a good sort". Unfortunately he was shot down and died pretty early on.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      11 months ago from England

      Thanks Peggy, yes it was such a weird time, and I am sure others experienced it too.

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! It sounds as though your mother (and you) luckily avoided fate. Your grandmother's experience at the time her son died has also been experienced by others. Thanks for sharing those family stories with us.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      Thank you so much Umesh!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      12 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Interesting reading. Thanks.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      14 months ago from England

      Thanks Lawrence, yes pretty spooky though isn't it?

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      14 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Nell

      These are incredible stories. I've had a few brushes with 'fate' in my time so I know what they're like, but so glad you and your Mum came through them.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks Linda, always good to see you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've shared some very interesting and thought-provoking stories, Nell. I'm glad your mother and you stayed safe!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks Ann, Love your Granddads story of the eggs, LOL!

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      Devika Primić 

      15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      These stories are amazing and makes me wonder of how our lives change from such stories.

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      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      I found this a riveting read, Nell. My Mum was also in the WAAFs. She had stories but nothing as spooky as those, in fact usually humorous. The best one was that her Dad, who was in the Home Guard, didn't come home until much later than usual one morning. Mum and Grandma were really worried until he came rolling up and into the house. When they, a little cross because of the worry, asked him where on earth he'd been, he said, "Well, the Canadians had eggs for breakfast and they invited me to stay. I had two and they were delicious!" Of course, the rations then meant that families hardly saw eggs, let alone were able to have two for breakfast!

      So sad about your uncle and a terrible shock for your grandmother.

      I have had experiences of another family member feeling bad or needing me and I've had 'sympathetic' pains but that's all.

      Great hub, Nell! Thanks for sharing.

      Ann

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Oh my goodness RoadMonkey! Now that really was avoiding fate! Awful time, just glad it's all over now. Take care.

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      RoadMonkey 

      15 months ago

      Wow, I am always amazed when I read how people have cheated "fate". I always think I haven't but maybe I did once. In Belfast during the "troubles", I was sent on an errand to another office, which was quite a distance away. By the time I returned, the office had been bombed and the desk where I normally sat had a big scar on the top where broken glass had scored it. If I had been there, that broken glass would have hit my head!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks so much Marcy, yes it certainly was.

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      Marcy Bialeschki 

      15 months ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      These stories are incredible. Your mother is was so lucky. Incerdible!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks so much, Dora, yes it seems like my mother was very lucky.

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Oh my Ruby! that is terrifying! thank goodness your mother had that sixth sense! Thanks for sharing.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Hi Demas, I totally agree with you. I love reading stories like this and am so grateful my mother told me about them.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Wow! Suzannah! now that really was good luck and fate, lol!

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, these are amazing stories. Seems that your family has experienced a great share of divine favors. Thanks for sharing!

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      Suzannah Walker 

      15 months ago

      Oh, Nell so glad you are here! Lol! What a great read. It is interesting how fate plays a role in our lives. When I was three years old I woke up in the morning in a sleeping bag in the attic instead of my bedroom. When I got downstairs my mom showed me the huge hole in the side of the house where the car next door had slipped gear and crashed into our house, my bedroom, and stopped just inches from my bed. And I slept through the whole thing! Glad I’m here today too. BTW, we always remained friends with the family next door that owned the car, even though my dad went bezerk at the time. Lol!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Nell, I love reading your stories. I have never had a spooky fate but my sister Virgie did. She was a teen and her friends were going to a party ( 7 ) She was all ready to go and was waiting to be picked up by her friend who had a car. My mother came into the room and said, " Virgie I don't want you to go. " Virgie threw a fit and they had words, but my mother refused to back down. When her friends arrived she told them that she couldn't go. I remember Virgie sulking all evening. The next day we turned on the radio and heard the news, all 7 of the girls were killed when they attempted to cross a train track. I have always wondered if my mother had an intuition?

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      Demas W Jasper 

      15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Great recounting. Mothers and sons have that soul link, oft repeated in similar tragic stories, including mothers gathering their families to pray for a distant son in a perilous moment. I wish more survivors would recount their tales, for we lose and have lost so many memories such as these. Great sharing. Thanks.

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Hi Joanna, good to see you. How amazing about the flowers, and so sad too. Hope you are keeping safe x

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks Flourish, yes it certainly was very strange.

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      ThanksLorna, so much, yes she used to write too! I have a few of her poems somewhere.

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks Zulma, you stay safe too, and thank you.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks Pamela, that's amazing! Just goes to show there is more than we know out there.

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Yes that was pretty weird Shauna, it definitely changed the way of the whole family. My granddad, her husband, died six months later. She went white haired overnight, and started having fits, bless her.

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks so much Bill, take care.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      So very cool, Nell! You shine through in these stories, or you shine through because of these occurrences...one or the other. lol

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Nell. Someone is certainly looking out for your family! It's so sad that your grandmother heard your uncle the moment he died. I'm sure that haunted her for the rest of her days.

      I'm off to check out the links you provide at the end of this article.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Your stories are amazing. Fate is so strange sometimes. Your mother was really fortunate or in my mind, blessed. It just wasn't her time yet. This is a very interesting article.

      My mother was standing off the curb wating to cross the street. Something told her to get back up on the sidewalk. Just then a car came racing by with a police car close behind. She would have been hit if she hadn't moved. That is just one story for now.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      15 months ago from United Kingdom

      Amazing stories, Nell. You have to wonder just how much we are involved in the decisions we make.

      Take care and stay safe.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      15 months ago

      An incredible story Nell and I think your mum had a couple of guardian angels watching over her. I love her quote where she recalls the joy and the pain of living during this time. It's easy to see where you get your talent for writing from. An amazing read. Take care.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      These are uncanny stories, Nell. Your mother was certainly a lucky lady and knew well to listen to her intuition.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      15 months ago from Central Oklahoma

      Wow, Nell. Thank you for reminding us the littlest things can change the outcome of one's life! Clearly, Georgina was meant to survive the war and become your mum. As for your grandmother's message from your Uncle Ron, such things are in the realm of the unexplainable. My own personal "notification" of a death was my kitchen suddenly being permeated with the fragrance of flowers when the only flowers in the house were artificial. The "earthly" notification phone call came an hour later.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thank you so much Tim. I hope you are staying safe and well over there. Its a nightmare isn't it? Yes I love my spooky stories. And my mother was probably the one who got me interested after all her adventures.

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      Tim Truzy 

      15 months ago from U.S.A.

      Amazing, Nell. What incredible stories. Much like Star Wars, my friend, I think your family may be tuned into the Force, or something similar. In any case, fascinating tales.

      I better understand why your writing is so compelling - it's in your genes to make the extraordinary believable. Stay safe. God bless your talents and gifts. As always, an article worth reading. Sending admiration and respect from your friend across the ocean.

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