On Wednesday evening, September 27th  immediately after the AGM, local historian Bob Ogley will tell the story of Hitler’s secret weapons, the V1 flying bomb and the V2 rocket which were launched in a last-ditch attempt by Hitler to win the war. Sevenoaks was badly hit – more than 130 ‘doodlebugs’ fell in the district and a rocket killed nine people in Wickenden Road, Sevenoaks just a few weeks before D-Day.

Bob’s story is not just about tragedy and devastation but the extraordinary courage of local people – their resourcefulness, endurance, defiance and even humour. He will explain the roles played by the RAF, the WVS, the police, fire brigade and especially the Observer Corps.

Bob will have a few anecdotes about this remarkable episode in our local history and how he came to write a book about the doodlebug and rocket campaign.

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Event Date 27-09-2023 7:30 pm
Location St Luke's Church Hall


Bob Ogley

Former Editor of the Sevenoaks Chronicle and local historian

Bob Ogley was born in Sevenoaks, has lived in the county all his life and is proud to be a Kentish man. As author of more than 20 books he has travelled extensively in pursuit of information and photographs and is in great demand from organisations across the south-east to tell his unique story. A former editor of The Sevenoaks Chronicle, Bob was a journalist for more than 30 years before he left his newspaper to concentrate on writing books and giving his talks. He is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio Kent. The subjects covered by Bob in his talks are: War in Kent (and Surrey), the History of RAF Biggin Hill, Doodlebugs and Rockets, The Weather Wherever, Invicta — The Spirit of Kent, My life as a local newspaper reporter and, of course, The Great Storm and how it changed his life. He also has a new talk about Kent in the 19th Century which follows the launch of this most successful and popular book. Bob likes to tell humorous stories and he has an amazing collection of anecdotes which he delivers with great enthusiasm.

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