This is a fictionalised incident I wrote some time ago about how the bombs were dropped onto the house where my grandmother lived and where we stayed at the time!
“Damned, the chute is jammed!”
“Hurry up, hurry up, we must go back!”
Finally the bombs are released: All five of them are dropped close together in a residential area. The plane with three men on board follows the other planes. It is April 1945. Today most bombers make it safely back to England. It is their lucky day.
The five bombs hit a house in Sophien Strasse in Leipzig. They ripped apart a solidly built five story residential building.The whole building is completely gone, except for the groundfloor: Bits and pieces of the ground-floor are still standing! Even some completely undamaged furniture can be seen somewhere on the ground-floor.
The rest is just loads of rubble near the road in the front and also in the back. Where the entrance to the building used to be, there is just an immense heap of debris. It looks like nobody would have come out from under there, if this is where the entrance to the people’s air-raid shelter had been.
Miraculously everyone did come out from under all that debris. The cellar-rooms were not damaged at all. One of the cellar-rooms had a window out to the street, which was not blocked at all and people were able to get out through there.
A lucky escape indeed.