Future Air Raid

Future Air Raid

I found this time travel case mentioned in the book The Little Giant  Book of Eerie Thrills and Unspeakable Chills which is written by Ron  Edwards, C. BH. Colby and John Macklin.

In 1932,  newspaper reporter J.Bernard Hutton and photographer Joachim Brandt were  assigned to do a feature story on the Hamburg, Germany, shipyard. They  drove to the huge complex, interviewed several executives and workers,  and completed the assignment by late afternoon.

Upon  leaving the area, the two newsmen heard the unmistakable drone of  aircraft engines which caused them to look up to the sky seeing it  filled with warplanes. Then they heard the city's anti-aircraft  batteries opening fire as bombs began exploding around them.

Moments  later, the area was a raging inferno as fuel tanks were hit. Warehouses  were collapsing from high explosives and dock cranes were twisted into  pretzels.

Hutton and Brandt realized this was no drill.

They  rushed to the car as anti-aircraft gunners began scoring hits on the  bomber formation overhead. At the gate, Hutton asked a security guard if  there was anything they could do to help but was told leave the area  immediately.

Hutton and Brandt were confused when they  drove into Hamburg. The sky had turned dark during the attack, but now  it was clear and the city was serene. The busy streets were not indented  with craters and the buildings were intact. No one seemed concerned as  they went about their daily business.

Hutton and  Brandt stopped the car and looked back towards the shipyard. Now they  received another shock because they saw no black ribbons of smoke rising  into the sky and no damaged buildings. What was happening?

Back at the newspaper office, Brandt's pictures were developed and the two men got yet another surprise.

Brandt  had continued to shoot film throughout the air raid, but his  photographs showed nothing unusual. The shipyard looked as it did upon  their arrival that morning. There was no evidence that a rain of bombs  from enemy planes had destroyed the area, as they had witnessed.

The  editors studied the photographs and wondered why Hutton and Brandt  insisted they had been involved in an air attack. He dismissed their  story and decided that they had probably stopped at a tavern for a  couple of drinks on the way back to the office.

Just  before World War II Began, Bernard Hutton moved to London. In 1943, he  saw a newspaper story about a successful raid by a Royal Air Force  squadron on the Hamburg shipyard. He felt a cold shiver along his spine  as he studied the photos. The scene of destruction was exactly as it  appeared during his visit with Brandt in the spring of 1932.

There was only one thing different - Hutton and Brandt had witnessed the event 11 years before it happened.