Image: Kuok Ai Ling
The shelter must have seemed like a light in the darkness.
In the months following the December 8 attack, air raid sirens wailed several times. “My grandfather said people nearby did use the shelter when the sirens went off, but those were mostly false alarms. It was actually hardly used,” says Peter Chan, the grandson of a Tiong Bahru volunteer air raid marshal.
After the initial raid, the military and citizens of Singapore were given a few weeks of respite. It wasn’t until December 29/30, 1941 that the attacks began to come on a nightly basis, eventually escalating into daytime bombing on January 12 of the new year.