After the Dump went up: The Untold Story - Fauld, by Mark Rowe
Published privately by the author in 2007, 48 pages. A5 size Booklet (N4818P1)
The RAF Fauld explosion was a military accident which occurred during the Second World (27 November 1944) at the Royal Air Force Fauld underground munitions storage depot. The explosion was one of the largest (non nuclear) explosions in history and the largest to ever occur on UK soil, and involved around 4,000 tonnes of ordnance (mostly comprising high explosive filled bombs), as well as a variety of other types of weapons and including half a billion rounds of rifle ammunition! The resulting crater was 120 metres deep and 1,200 metres wide and is still clearly visible just south of the village of Fauld.
From the rear side cover: Anybody who was there can tell you what they were doing the day the dump went up! With these words Mark Rowe continues his story of the explosion at RAF Fauld, near Hanbury and Burton on Trent, and he tries to answer the question who, if anyone, was to blame?
The RAF hid behind wartime censorship and government secrecy, while the families of the 70 dead and missing grieved. This booklet reports on the files that tell of the rescue effort, the repairs that meant RAF Fauld could join the cold war, and the military court of inquiry into what really happened. Also included are wartime stories from nearby RAF Church Broughton, of Australian and Czechoslovak airmen, and the men and women who kept them in the air.
The booklet is illustrated throughout with several black and white photographs
Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs and creases, and some light creasing and wear along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover