Near miss creates a winter wonderland in back garden

THEN the rear of 72, Harleston Road, Wymering, Portsmouth
THEN the rear of 72, Harleston Road, Wymering, Portsmouth

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I asked and, as ever, you came up trumps.

The question was: could anyone identify the exact house in the picture on the right which has been covered in chalk after a Second World War air raid?

NOW the same view today with the roof long repaired and air raid shelters demolished

NOW the same view today with the roof long repaired and air raid shelters demolished

The answer? 72, Harleston Road, Wymering.

Keith Limburn says his parents lived there and they can be seen to the rear left, behind the air raid shelter.

Among the five men standing at the front is a fire officer on the right and next to him a naval sub-lieutenant. They are standing on the lip of a bomb crater bomb.

Several readers got in touch and tell me that for weeks the area looked like a winter landscape. Everything was covered in chalk dust making it look like a snow scene.