In this anecdote the full force of the German airforce isn't quite brought down on Peggy, the Ashfield Farm horse.
Making hay in war time was hard and my mother had to work long hours with her father and brother. One day they were in one of the fields down by the river, loading hay on to a cart pulled by the farm's horse, Peggy, when they heard the sound of an approaching aeroplane.
On seeing it, they realised that it was German. They quickly abandoned their work, and the horse, and dived into the nearest hedge. They then watched with horror as a plane, complete with swastika markings came very low over the field.
Peggy was left standing alone in the field. Fortunately, the Germans must have had another target in mind; it's likely that they were looking for the ammunition factory further down the valley, near Steeton Station.
Peggy survived the ordeal unscathed, which was fortunate as she was fully employed in the war-effort, pulling my mother's milk float when she delivered milk in the local area.
Isobel Stirk (Posted 30/11/2013)