London V2 Rocket Sites…Mapped


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Autumn 1944, and London was under attack from space. Hitler’s ‘vengeance’ rocket, the V-2, was the world’s first ballistic missile, and the first man-made object to make a sub-orbital spaceflight. Over 1400 were launched at Britain, with more than 500 striking London. Each hit caused devastation. The 13 tonne rocket impacted at over 3000 miles per hour. There was no warning; the missile descended faster than the speed of sound and survivors would only hear the approach and sonic booms after the blast.

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Left: Occasionally, craters are still visible, as here on Leyton Marsh. Right: Often, whole blocks were obliterated, as can still be seen in this aerial image of Brockley.

It took half a year for Allied forces to neutralise the threat. In that time, some 9000 Londoners lost their lives to the V-2. As with the Blitz, South and East London took the brunt of the onslaught, with Woolwich, Ilford, Barking, Greenwich and West Ham each receiving over 20 hits. Some did make it into the central areas, however. V-2 explosions devastated Selfridges, Speakers’ Corner and Holborn. That isolated Caffe Nero near the mural on Tottenham Court Road stands on the still-undeveloped site of a blast that killed nine. More seriously, 110 people were slaughtered at Farringdon when a rocket hit a packed market building on 8 March 1945. The worst death toll of all came on 25 November 1944, when 168 people lost their lives after a direct hit on Woolworths in New Cross.

These famous tragedies are well documented, but over 500 rocket strikes, many with significant death toll, remain obscure. We’ve mapped out some of the impact sites above, with more to follow when we can access further information. Make sure you zoom in and check satellite view. Commonly, an area hit by a V-2 is now covered with a car park or 1960s housing estate. These areas are usually devoid of mature trees, and still stand out over 60 years on.

Notes on data sources

Records for the area then-governed by the London County Council (LCC) are most readily available thanks to Flickr uploads of war damage maps by Yersinia (see also the London at War group). Further out, we’ve used various web sites, books and eye-witness accounts to plot additional impacts. Least information is available for those eastern boroughs mentioned above that were most badly hit. If you have any information about V-2 strikes in these (or other) areas, let us know in the comments.

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  • http://tomtaylor.co.uk Tom Taylor

    What a great map! I hope you don’t mind, but I took it, exported as KML and built rocketstrikes.iamnear.net, to help people discover the history around them.

  • M@

    Cheers Tom. And an excellent use by you of Fire Eagle. Great work.

  • http://undefined RachelH

    And a bloody great example of the internet-in-action. Speedy!

  • http://null Yersinia

    Great work, Matt and Tom.

  • http://undefined DeanN

    Anybody interested in the V2 rocket attacks over London should read Gravity´s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, which takes such an attack as its opening scene and spirals out into a several hundred-page story from there, concerning (among other things) a secret Army plan to utilise a American GI whose ejactulations as he works his way around the loose women of London are capable, it is believed, of predicting the landing sites of the missiles. It´s fiction, sure, but Pynchon is reknowned as a master and obsessive over detail and there´s plenty about the science behind the rockets and the affect on the population of the day. Were the guy not a well-known recluse he´d probably rank as one of the world´s foremost experts.

  • M@

    You’re the second person to recommend that book to me, Dean. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Mike Watson

      Hi Matt,

      I am trying to establish the date of a V2 strike in the Matthias Road / Newington Green area.
      I beleieve it was late 1944 at around 03:00.
      It is marked on your map, and I was a 2-year-old living at Woodville Road. House had roof removed, but no fatalities in family.
      If you can provide the exact date, that would be most helpful.

      Thanks and kind regards,

      Mike Watson.

  • http://www.isarsteve.de Steve

    Osman Road, South Tottenham, N.15 – 19:52 on Saturday 21 January 1945.

    My Great-grandparents were involved in this incident and although not killed, died not much later.

    I remember being taken to the grave of whole family from Osman Road who were wiped out.

    I have a shot of the area in the 1960s; http://www.flickr.com/photos/isarsteve/2345409592/

    On another point. I’m a Londoner and have lived in Berlin for many years. I would just like to mention that the RAF & the USAF were killing more than double the amount of civilians, women & children every day in German Cities at the same time.

    So would just ask for a bit of restaint, when talking about slaughtered civilians.. It was war and war is not nice.. The Germans were responsible for the war, but it was the British who declared war on them..

    I don’t like one-sided stories…

    • A victim

      The Germans were responsible for the war, but it was the British who declared war on them………. So it’s good old Britain’s fault again, where do I go to apologise.

      • Steve

        Of course the Germans were responsible for the war.. no-one ever doubted that .. still doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t point out the British /Allied war crimes too.. 

        The time and effort spent on killing German civilians, mostly women & children and old people, could have been spent on bombing the railway links to the concentration camps .. they were well known.. but that wasn’t done, meaning that thousands, perhaps millions more people died who could have been saved.. 

        Even Churchill distanced himself from the bombing raids, after he realised it had got out of hand.. and I would have thought that after 65 years ‘a victim’, could well understand the plight of innocent ‘victims’ on the other side too..  - I was obviously wrong.. 

        BTW, ‘the like’ on your post came from me – I clicked the wrong button !

        • Colin

          I find your comments ill informed and truely simplistic. It is a shame that your opinions spoil a wonderful site. Perhaps when your generation has experienced the horrors of total warfare and you have actually made some sort of personal contribution to protecting your way of life, then just perhaps, you could be entitled to cast aspersions upon those who were actually there.

          • Steve

            Colin, It’s exactly because I’m aware of the horrors of war and have seen what it did ‘on both sides’ of the conflict that I mentioned it here.
            Whether I made a contribution or not is beside the point and I suspect most people who’ve commented here haven’t  – the V1 and V2 story can’t just be seen from just a British point of view..

            I’m afraid you’ll find that the numbers of civilians killed in the London and the UK as whole is vastly lower than those killed by British and American bombs in Germany.. 

            It was in that context that I wrote what I did and I stick by it!

      • joe

        The Germans were not responsible for starting the war… Germans did not want a war. Nazi warmongers started it!

    • http://twitter.com/Bamftiger Bamftiger

      I can only quote Montgomery about the poor old (imperialist, warmongering, barbaric) Germans.

      “They should have thought of that before they invaded Czecoslovakia.”

      At some point the Germans will finally understand- you can’t bitch about losing a fight that YOU start.

      Although they are obtaining by stealth and deception via the EU (another Hitler dream) what their militarism dismally failed to achieve twice.

      • IsarSteve

         As much as I’d like to reply to this rather simplistic untrue comment – It’s is OT and has nothing to with V2s on London..
        Banftiger, If you started reading history books rather then the British press, you’d see that it was actually Churchill who called for united Europe in his speech of 1946. The Constitution laid upon the then (West Germany) in 1949 by the Western Allies calls for it work towards a united Europe. 
        http://www.historyguide.org/europe/churchill.html

    • B16nod

      There were more people killed making the v bombs than were killed by the explosions they were slave labour and were starved to death  in the under ground factories some never came out to see daylight . They were treated like animal’s The facts are all their They killed Jews Gypsies Polish & Russian soldiers Why should we not mention this ?

      • IsarSteve

         No one ever disputed that..

        My point was about the atrocities caused by the RAF and USAF in Europe during the war, which I suppose are OT here. But should be taken into account when pushing the ‘London as victim’ argument.

        Germany was the cause of the war .. but in fact the UK declared war on Germany,   apparently because of an agreement with Poland which the Brits really had no way or any inclination of helping and by the way, in the end did nothing militarily to help them.

        Britain didn’t fight the war about the camps or the holocaust, but because of the threat of Germany to the UK. Most people knew nothing about the severity of the camps until they heard Dimbleby’s radio broadcast from Bergen-Belsen in 1945.
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/holocaust/5115.shtml

        Listen to this account from Christabel Bielenberg on finding out.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/e5e3e1af

        If the Western Allies were so concerned about the camps, why didn’t they bomb the railway lines to them? Perhaps because anti-semitism was rife in the British upper classes too?

  • http://undefined Lindsey

    Thanks for sharing, Steve. The map is both fascinating and horribly sobering. Remember, we’re a website about London. Our interest here is about what happened to our city and how it developed post war. I’m pretty confident that most of us are sickened by conflict wherever its effects are felt, be it Europe 1945, Israel 2009.. or – insert warzone here –

  • http://www.isarsteve.de Steve

    I got the date wrong above: It should have been Saturday 20 January, sorry!

    The next V2, same evening, Saturday 20 January 1945 at 22:49 Cowslip Road, South Woodford, E18..

    • David Morrison

      Cowslip road school did not get hit by a V2 ,and was not damaged , I went there from 1943 to 1949 the reason that it was rebuilt was due to it being burnt down in 1950 .
      I lived in Daisy Road just round the corner , Dave Morrison .

    • Dave Morrison

       Sorry Steve no V2s fell in Cowslip Rd , one came down in Woodville Rd and yes new houses were built there not far from the school .
      I lived at 20 Daisy Rd from 1938 till 1966 and went to that school if theres any one out there who new me please drop a line to ravmodave@yahoo.co.uk

      • Hugh Barklem

        I lived at 22, Maybank Avenue at the time. I clearly remember the result. The rocket DID NOT HIT WHERE SHOWN ON THE MAP. It hit behind the back of the house of Woodville Road, between Rose Avenue and Oakville Road. The crater later filled up with water and somebody put a fibre “tank” in it to use as a boat. I went to Cowslip Road school between 1940 and 1951. Hugh Barklem. hugo-bb@hotmail.co.uk

  • http://null Amanda Farah

    I consider reading Gravity’s Rainbow to be one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Others may not feel quite so strongly. But yes, if you’re looking for a book about a rocket, that is the book about a rocket.

  • M@

    Thanks for the two additional locations, Steve. I’ve added them to the map. The Cowslip Road strike seems quite evident with a row of older houses interrupted by a newer development.

  • http://undefined M@

    For the record, another reader left a comment in the Tips section – another place where you can see a crater. Here I’ve reproduced the tip to keep everything in one place:

    A V2, not on your plotted map, landed in a field just south of Lower Bedfords Road, Rise Park, Romford.

    About 30 years ago I dug up a fair bit of corroded aluminium shrapnel from the rear garden of one of the bungalows and was told that the building had been lifted partly out of the ground by the blast, however as it had a concrete raft foundation, it had dropped back down and survived with repairable damage.

    If you look on your map, (having reset it to satellite mode and zoomed in) you can still see what appears to be the crater mark in the field behind the bungalows (look south of Lower Bedfords Road, about ten properties east of Helmsdale Road and slightly to the north of a line extended from the direction of Nevis Close).

  • RachelH

    Incidentally, also bigging up Yersinia’s photostream of the LCC war damage maps. Comparing this map to those, I think I can say it was a bunch of V1 rockets that landed in a big ring around where I live… which might explain all the shards of dulled-edge glass I keep digging up in the garden. I wonder if they just gave up replacing window glass in the end.

  • http://undefined Yersinia

    There were many more V1′s – 114 in the old Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham, compared to only 12 V2′s. And a fair amount of bomb damage from earlier in the war, too.

    The maps bring out just how widespread the Blitz damage was, going far beyond the traditional Blitz areas of the City and East End. It’s a pity they only cover the LCC area – the damage spreads far beyond this.

  • http://www.isarsteve.de Steve

    You don’t seem to have added the Osman Road V2 onto the map.. Any problems?

    The street is now called Osman Close, N.15

    There were also V2′s on Sydney Road, N.8 (date unknown) and Tottenham Lane/Ribblesdale Road N.8 on 10 November 1944.

  • M@

    Steve: There is an Osman Road vaguely in the Tottenham area, so I assumed that was it. I’ve moved the marker to Osman Close. Thanks for the correction.

    I also added the other two you mention. The Sydney Road footprint is clearly evident in the different style housing.

  • http://gavinbell.com Gavin Bell

    This article from the 24hour Museum shows original bombing 1944, April 18-19th, maps for walthamstow, which I found whilst trying to source a reference for the Hoe Street / High Street corner site, which was WW2 bomb damage, but possibly not a V2.

  • http://www.arkangel.tv ArkAngel

    In the current edition of our (very) local newspaper, The Archer, there’s an article entitled ‘The day Abbotts Gardens was bombed’ recounting a V2 landing in Abbotts Gardens, East Finchley, London N2 at 5.18pm on 15 Nov 44 killing 5 people. It’s a first hand account by a David Smith who has clearly done a good deal of research to supplement his own memories – it seems he still lives in the road. No.s 107-113 were destroyed. He gives a good account of the sound of a hit, has documentation (Air Raid Damage report for Occurrence No. 568) and lists the 5 deceased, ages 5, 14, 39, ? and 64. But it’s not yet on your map.

  • http://www.arkangel.tv ArkAngel

    You can find the article referred to above in #18 at The Archer Jan 09 – download p12

  • M@

    Thanks for the addition, ArkAngel. I’ve added it to the map, along with a link to The Archer article. I’m not familiar with the area, so am not sure where the precise impact site was. However, I’ve guessed based on where the fewest mature trees are visible. If you know better, please let me know.

  • http://null richard_e

    My grandfather died of injuries after a V-2 landed opposite 94 Fentiman Road blowing the front of the house in. (It landed between Meadow Rd and Carroun Rd. where the flats are now) – I will ask my mum if she knows the date.

    • Shapinsay

      Richard, I had a cousin die at 85 Fentiman Road. The date was 5 January 1945.

  • M@

    Thanks for the comment, Richard. I think the Fentiman Road incident may have been a V1 (flying bomb) as opposed to a V2 (supersonic rocket).

    http://landmark.lambeth.gov.uk/display_page.asp?section=landmark&id=108
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/yersinia/3074802422/sizes/l/

    V1s were also hugely devastating, but I’ve not included them on this map (too many).

  • http://www.arkangel.tv ArkAngel

    I walked round to Abbotts Gardens on the weekend (inspired by a combination of your map and The Archer piece) and can confirm your guess for placement is spot on

  • http://null Alan

    Enfield , Gordon Hill on this day 25th January 1945 , a V2 landed between gardens at top of Gordon and Lavender Hills, approx 7.30 am in the Morning , RIP Elizabeth Hayes (Great Aunt) plus twenty others . Crater can still be seen on Google earth as dark shape in back Gardens of rebuilt houses One survivor, rescured from the back of the house (no 111) lived onto to be a hundred spending the rest of his live at Worthing in Sussex.

  • M@

    Thanks Alan, that’s a wonderful contribution and the most northerly impact now on the map.

  • http://null Neil

    My Grandparents George C Streeter and Agatha E Streeter were the proprieters (as listed in the 1943 phone book) of the Prince of Wales, 144 MacKenzie Road, that got hit by a V2 at 21:25 on Boxing day 1944. they were the only survivors in the pub in which 68 people died. the blast blew them behind the counter which protected them, the pub was “heaving to he rafters” as a nearby pub had run out of beer. my grandmother got a lot of glass in her arm and both were affected by the blast.

    My cousin recounts the story of how they lost everything and went to a centre where they were given clothes and food. Following this they moved to live with relatives in Hastings here they turned up on the door step in very strange attire including a red berret, and stayed there until their deaths much later in life.

    Many people lost their lives in the blast many more were injured 56 seriously and 202 slightly. Pretty much the whole block was destroyed.

    many kids were sat on the steps outside while their parents celebrated christmas inside, they also lost their lives.

    Some of those killed include:-

    OSBORNE, HILDA aged 29 of 115 Mackenzie Road. Daughter of J. Sorrell, of 46 Highbury Hill; wife of George Sidney Osborne (H.M Forces). Died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.
    PARIS, MABEL aged 49 Wife of Charles Henry Paris, of 171 Liverpool Buildings. Died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.
    PEACOCK, CLARA aged 34 and William aged 34 of 16 Hollingsworth Street. Daughter of Louisa, and of the late John Tower; wife of William J. Peacock. Both died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.
    SORRELL, VIOLET ELIZABETH aged 32 Wife of Frederick James Sorrell, of 28 Goulding Court, Turnpike Lane, Hornsey, Middlesex. Died at Mackenzie Road 26/12/1944
    NEWELL, WILLIAM HERBERT aged 47 Husband of Ellen Margaret Newell, of 13 Arundel Square. Died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.
    NEIGHBOUR, EMILY MINNIE aged 19 W.L.A. Daughter of James and A. Neighbour, of 57 Bemerton Street. Died at Mackenzie Road.
    MORRIS, ETHEL FLORA aged 23 of 115 Mackenzie Road. Daughter of William J. Gardner, of 4 Mackenzie Road; wife of William Morris. Died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.
    MITCHELL, FREDERICK GEORGE aged 11 of 19 Ringcroft Street. Son of the late Ernest John Mitchell. Died at Mackenzie Road.
    MITCHELL, ERNEST JOHN aged 38 Islington Decontamination Service; of 19 Ringcroft Street, Holloway, London. Son of Mrs. E. Mitchell, of 60 Mackenzie Road, Holloway. Injured 26 December 1944, at Mackenzie Road; died at Grovelands Hospital.
    MILLS, ROBERT JOHN aged 13 of 16 Crown Mansions, Liverpool Road. Son of Robert John and Elizabeth Hannah Mills. Died at Mackenzie Road. 26/12/1944
    MILLS, ELIZABETH HANNAH aged 50 of 16 Crown Mansions, Liverpool Road. Wife of Robert John Mills. Died at Mackenzie Road.
    MILLS, ROBERT JOHN aged 45 of 16 Crown Mansions, Liverpool Road. Husband of Elizabeth Hannah Mills. Died at Mackenzie Road.
    RAMSAY, JOHN HERBERT aged 51 Husband of Lilian G. Ramsay, of 90 Rhodes Street. Died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.
    RANSON, MAUREEN VIOLET aged 12 of 25 Chillingworth Road. Daughter of Frederick Ranson. Injured 26 December 1944, at 25 Chillingworth Road; Islington N7 at back of the pub died at Royal Northern Hospital.
    REYNOLDS, LULU ELIZABETH aged 35 Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Harding, of 109 George’s Road, Holloway; wife of Arthur Reynolds, of 184 Deansbrook Road, Burnt Oak. Died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.
    ROWLANDS, HENRY CHARLES aged 49 of 535 Liverpool Road. Husband of Betty May Rowlands. Died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.
    E SAYERS of 152 Mackenzie Road. Died at 152 Mackenzie Road. 26 december 1944
    SIDNEY, EMILY aged 60 of 7 Alexander Road. Wife of Wallace Sidney. Died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.
    SIDNEY, WALLACE aged 60 of 7 Alexander Road. Husband of Emily Sidney. Died at Prince of Wales, Mackenzie Road.

    • http://undefined George

      Just reading Neil’s post the Mitchell’s listed there are; my brother Freddie and my dad Ernie. We had been to our grandparents house and were walking home to Ringcroft Street when the V2 landed, my brother was killed instantly and my dad died in hospital 2 days later. I was severley injured and spent 2 years recovering from my injuries. Still to this day I have scrapnel working its way out of my body. I have been trying to research the incident for year and only recently have been able to find information on the web. Thanks for your post Neil.

    • http://undefined GARY

      Hi Neil
      great to find other info regarding this v2 bomb my grandmother MAY BETTS was killed in this pub as you say was full due to pub down the road running out of beer so the all headed for the Prince Of Wales my Grandad George Betts survived only because he had gone to use the outside toilet but he was badly injured spending 3 months in hospital ,my Nan May Betts, and my grandads parents were killed in the pub.At present i am trying to find others with a connection to this as my grandad was in hospital he could not attend funneral so i am at present trying to find where the mass grave was so i have somewhere to take my father.

    • Bill Patey

      My dad who lived in Lough Road ( previously Wellington Road), off Mackenzie Road visited the V2 bomb site ( now part of Paradise Park) on 25 September 2010. He was 17 the day after the V2 and says there were several children of the same family callled Jarvis, who were sitting upright seemingly asleep with a placard pinned to their chest which said “blast”. There were no outward signs of injury but each of them was dead. Many of the injured were carried to hospital in a van of a member of the armed forces who was AWOL. He arrived on the scene 45 minutes before any help arrived and departed the scene before too many qusetions were asked.

      • Jwatsonbore

        Bill,

        Please look at my replies to Neil.  My mother and her sisters could remember the Jarvis children. I believe that they were all buried in Finchley Cemetery.

        Best wishes,

        Jenny

    • David

      My mother’s father was killed at the pub he was Albert Bussey he had been to another pub but it was sold out of beer so he went to the Prince of Wales where my grandmother worked behind the bar He had been to the Flying Horse I think My grandmother had gone into the cellar to get some ginger wine as someone ordered a whisky mac and she survived the blast but was a long time in the cellar her hand bag had all the money taken and my mother who was living in Chillingworth road ran to the scene and saw that people had been blown out of the windows and were on the street out side My grandmother had a piece of glass taken out of her cheek in about 1954 it had been there since1944 my mother could only identifier her dad by his keys he had been burnt as the gas main had caught fire My mum is still alive she’s 90 years old and lives in Norfolk. My sister and I have had to listen to the story every Christmas which has had a dampening to all our childhood Christmases Please get in touch   Best Wishes David Howell my mother is Lilian Howell nee Bussey her cousin is also still alive Ernie “Dixie” Dean who lives in Muswell Hill 

      • Jwatsonbore

        Please look at my replies to Neil and Bill Patey.

        Best wishes,

        Jenny

      • Muswell Hill Billy

        I grew up living opposite a ‘Dixie Dean’ and his wife. A lovely man. Was he a fireman? Would this have been Wilton Road?

    • Jwatsonbore

      Neil,

      I have just read your e-mail with interest (“Prince of Wales”, Mackenzie Road).  I have been researching the church of St. James Chillingworth Road which was damaged in the attack.  Three of my aunts and their husbands were in the pub when it was attacked.  They lived in Crown Mansions, on the corner of Mackenzie Road and Liverpool Road.  They survived, but remember the floor falling in, and the till fell on my uncle Sid.  Crown Mansions were badly damaged, and another aunt and my grandmother were injured when the dresser in the kitchen fell on them. As a child in the 1950′s, I can remember the site – covered in rose-bay willow herb and cordoned off.  There was a sign nearby with the Prince of Wales ostrich feathers painted on it.  Some of those killed in the pub were buried in Finchley Cemetery, and my mother used to speak about a whole family who were killed, many of them children.

      I am, in my retirement, a guide to Clerkenwell and Islington. Would it be possible to have a copy of the list of those who were killed?  I am spending much time looking into the history of the Borritt family who lived in Crown Mansions, my mother’s family.  The list would only be for my own interest.

      With very best wishes,

      Jennifer Watson-Bore

      • J CARRUTHERS

        I have just come across your e-mail, my grandmother Elizabeth Evans and My aunt Vera King was killed in the Prince of Wales disaster, my family were celebrating my aunt Vera’s engagement that evening, my aunt Vera lived in the Caledonian Road Buildings next to Pentonville Prison.
        I’m also a child of the fifties and can remember the sign with the Prince of Wales feathers.
        Hope this information is of use to you

        Best Wishes
        Jean – Islington

      • Neil Streeter

        Hi Jennifer, some more detail, sorry it’s taken so long.

        • Neil Streeter

          Photo is of George Charles Streeter (Wally) and Agatha Ellen Streeter proprietors of the Prince of Wales at the time of the bombing, I’m the one he’s holding!

      • Neil Streeter

        V2 Bombing of the Prince of Wales Pub 26-12-1944

        On Christmas day the pub had been closed and George and Agatha
        Streeter had gone for Christmas dinner in Hastings with Aunt Rose. On Boxing
        Day evening (26 Dec 1944) at about 21:30 approaching closing time the pub, The
        Prince of Wales, which was in Holloway, 144 Mackenzie Road, was hit by a V2 -
        and your grandparents, who were the proprietors of the pub survived. The fact that they were behind the counter
        saved their lives, as the blast forced them under the counter and it protected
        them from the debris when it and they fell into the cellar. The floors all fell
        in and the walls collapsed on top. It took several days to recover everyone
        from the site and months to clear the area.

        The pub had been “heaving to the rafters” as other pubs in
        the area had run out of drink and word had got round there was still plenty at
        the Prince of Wales. Also a celebration was taking place for a girl who had
        just got engaged on Christmas day. Many children had been on the step outside
        with biscuits and soft drinks when the bomb struck and many were never found
        and as their parents were inside celebrating Christmas so they were probably
        never accounted for. The cellar, normally the safest place had become a death
        trap. It had been in use as an overflow bar, and was crowded with drinkers, all
        of whom were killed. 30 hours later, at 6:00 am on 28th December the
        casualty total was at 64 killed with over 200 injured, 86 seriously and 4 still
        trapped.

        The rocket struck just outside of the entrance at the cross
        roads, there was no noise or warning before the blast. It destroyed houses for
        a block in all directions.

        Your Dad was in staying in Hastings over Christmas so wasn’t
        at the pub.

        They were taken to a rescue centre where they took air raid
        survivors until they could find accommodation, they were offered a meal which
        they accepted as they were just about to close for the evening and have dinner
        when the V2 hit, they had the meal and then a woman came round with a plate of
        jam individual tarts and offered them to the people at the table. Agatha took one and said thank you -
        whereupon the woman said’ ‘take two’. This
        became a standing joke – if offered a plate or offering a plate of sandwiches
        or cakes etc. Agatha would always say take two!! Agatha had to have treatment
        for glass wounds to her arm, and for many years after had pieces of glass work
        their way out.

        Everything they had was destroyed by the blast and being
        homeless and only having what they stood up in they too came to Hastings and
        there was a house up for rent in Emanuel Road (70) which they, Aunt Rose and
        Joan then lived in. They had been given clothes at the rescue centre, your Granddad
        George (Wally) had a stripy shirt and beret and when he turned up at Lillian’s
        house, Gladys remembers them in all sorts of clothes, with Wally wearing a red
        beret they thought it was a couple of French refugees looking for shelter.

        Over 70 people were killed, mostly in the pub and
        surrounding houses, many more were injured 86 seriously and 202 slightly.

        Casulaty list from Commonwealth War Graves Civilian Deaths.

        ARSCOTT,MARY ANN,69,26/12/1944,”OF 55 CHALFONT ROAD.
        WIDOW OF ALBERT EDWARD ARSCOTT. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        AYLING,FLORENCE MAY,23,26/12/1944,”OF 73 MACKENZIE
        ROAD. DAUGHTER OF EDITH MAY MACBETH (FORMERLY AYLING). DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES,
        MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        BARNES,HENRY,68,26/12/1944,”OF 58 CHALFONT ROAD.
        DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        BECKETT,LILLA ETHEL SOPHIA,63,26/12/1944,OF 119 MACKENZIE
        ROAD. WIFE OF GEORGE ALFRED BECKETT. DIED AT 119 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        BETTS,FLORENCE RACHEL,64,26/12/1944,”OF 28
        CHILLINGWORTH ROAD. WIFE OF GEORGE HUBERT BETTS. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES,
        MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        BETTS,GEORGE HUBERT,63,26/12/1944,”OF 28
        CHILLINGWORTH ROAD. HUSBAND OF FLORENCE RACHEL BETTS. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES,
        MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        BETTS,MAY BEATRICE,37,26/12/1944,”DAUGHTER OF GEORGE
        AND ELIZABETH TYRRELL, OF 21 BELITHA VILLAS; WIFE OF GEORGE HUBERT BETTS, OF 7
        STOCK ORCHARD STREET. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        BROMLEY,JAMES,72,26/12/1944,OF 113 MACKENZIE ROAD. DIED
        AT 113 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        BURCHNALL,CHARLES ROBERT,50,26/12/1944,”OF 118
        GEORGE’S ROAD. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        BUSSEY,ALBERT,54,26/12/1944,”OF 28 CHILLINGWORTH
        ROAD. HUSBAND OF C. H. BUSSEY. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        COWPER,STANLEY WILLIAM,64,26/12/1944,OF 78 EDEN GROVE.
        DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES. MACKENZIE ROAD.

        DANIELS,GEORGE,49,26/12/1944,OF 106 ROMAN WAY. HUSBAND OF
        NORA JANE DANIELS. DIED AT MACKENZIE ROAD.

        DAVIS,CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH,60,26/12/1944,OF 148 MACKENZIE
        ROAD. DAUGHTER OF THE LATE MR. AND MRS. PRICE; WIFE OF THOMAS WILLIAM DAVIS.
        DIED AT 148 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        DAVIS,DORIS,28,26/12/1944,OF 148 MACKENZIE ROAD. DAUGHTER
        OF THOMAS WILLIAM AND CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH DAVIS. DIED AT 148 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        DAVIS,ELSIE,22,26/12/1944,OF 148 MACKENZIE ROAD. DAUGHTER
        OF THOMAS WILLIAM AND CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH DAVIS. DIED AT 148 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        DAVIS,THOMAS WILLIAM,59,26/12/1944,”OF 148 MACKENZIE
        ROAD. SON OF THE LATE THOMAS JOHN AND ANN DAVIS, OF 34 CHALFONT ROAD, HOLLOWAY;
        HUSBAND OF CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH DAVIS. DIED AT 148 MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        DOY,WILLIAM,65,26/12/1944,”OF 15 CROWN MANSIONS.
        DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        EMERSON,HARRIET,74,26/12/1944,OF 115 MACKENZIE ROAD. WIFE
        OF HARRY EMERSON. DIED AT 115 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        EMERSON,HARRY,74,26/12/1944,OF 115 MACKENZIE ROAD.
        HUSBAND OF HARRIET EMERSON. DIED AT 115 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        EVANS,ELIZABETH,57,26/12/1944,OF 8 CROWN MANSIONS. WIFE
        OF HENRY EVANS. DIED AT MACKENZIE ROAD.

        FAULKNER,DOROTHY MAY,40,26/12/1944,”OF 11 CROWN
        MANSIONS. WIFE OF GNR. HENRY WILLIAM FAULKNER, R.A. DIED AT MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        FITTS,ELIZABETH,33,02/01/1945,”OF 129 MACKENZIE ROAD.
        DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS. J. FENTON, OF 26 ELLINGTON ROAD, FELTHAM, MIDDLESEX;
        WIFE OF GNR. EDWARD FITTS, R.A. INJURED 26 DECEMBER 1944, AT 129 MACKENZIE
        ROAD; DIED AT ROYAL NORTHERN HOSPITAL.”

        FLACK,MARTIN HENRY,70,26/12/1944,”OF 38 CROSSLEY
        STREET. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        HARTNUP,MARY AMELIA RUTH,72,26/12/1944,OF 121 MACKENZIE
        ROAD. WIDOW OF FREDERICK WILLIAM HARTNUP. DIED AT 121 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        HOPWOOD,FRANK JOHN,42,26/12/1944,”OF 33 RHODES
        STREET. HUSBAND OF MAUD HOPWOOD AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        HOPWOOD,GEORGE,22,26/12/1944,”OF 33 RHODES STREET.
        SON OF FRANK JOHN AND MAUD HOPWOOD. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        HOPWOOD,JOYCE VIOLET,18,26/12/1944,”OF 33 RHODES
        STREET. DAUGHTER OF FRANK JOHN AND MAUD HOPWOOD. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES,
        MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        HOPWOOD,MAUD,42,26/12/1944,”OF 33 RHODES STREET.
        DAUGHTER OF LOUISA AND OF THE LATE GEORGE JOHN TOWER; WIFE OF FRANK JOHN
        HOPWOOD. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        HUMBERSTONE,ALICE ANNA,28,26/12/1944,”OF 127 MACKENZIE
        ROAD. WIFE OF GNR. LEONARD THOMAS HUMBERSTONE, R.A. DIED AT 127 MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        HUMBERSTONE,JEAN PATRICIA,4,26/12/1944,”OF 127
        MACKENZIE ROAD. DAUGHTER OF GNR. LEONARD THOMAS HUMBERSTONE, R.A., AND OF ALICE
        ANNA HUMBERSTONE. DIED AT 127 MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        HUMBERSTONE,LEONARD HENRY,7,26/12/1944,”OF 127
        MACKENZIE ROAD. SON OF GNR. LEONARD THOMAS HUMBERSTONE, R.A., AND OF ALICE ANNA
        HUMBERSTONE. DIED AT 127 MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        HUTT,DORIS,17,28/12/1944,”OF 1 HOLLINGSWORTH STREET.
        DAUGHTER OF MRS. C. DAVIES (FORMERLY HUTT), AND OF THE LATE HENRY JOHN HUTT.
        INJURED 26 DECEMBER 1944, AT MACKENZIE ROAD; DIED AT ROYAL NORTHERN
        HOSPITAL.”

        HYDE,ARTHUR JAMES,81,26/12/1944,OF 113 MACKENZIE ROAD.
        HUSBAND OF SOPHIA ELIZABETH HYDE. DIED AT MACKENZIE ROAD.

        JACKSON,ELIZA BRIDGET,59,26/12/1944,OF 127 MACKENZIE
        ROAD. WIFE OF ALBERT JAMES JACKSON. DIED AT 127 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        JARVIS,DANIEL,14,26/12/1944,OF 123 MACKENZIE ROAD. SON OF
        JAMES WALTER AND AMY JARVIS. DIED AT 123 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        JARVIS,JACQUELINE,,26/12/1944,AGED 14 MONTHS; OF 123
        MACKENZIE ROAD. DAUGHTER OF JAMES WALTER AND AMY JARVIS. DIED AT 123 MACKENZIE
        ROAD.

        JARVIS,LYDIA,4,26/12/1944,OF 123 MACKENZIE ROAD. DAUGHTER
        OF JAMES WALTER AND AMY JARVIS. DIED AT 123 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        JARVIS,PETER,17,26/12/1944,OF 123 MACKENZIE ROAD. SON OF
        JAMES WALTER AND AMY JARVIS. DIED AT 123 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        JARVIS,PHYLLIS,10,26/12/1944,OF 123 MACKENZIE ROAD.
        DAUGHTER OF JAMES WALTER AND AMY JARVIS. DIED AT 123 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        JARVIS,SHEILA,7,26/12/1944,OF 123 MACKENZIE ROAD.
        DAUGHTER OF JAMES WALTER AND AMY JARVIS. DIED AT 123 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        JARVIS,WILLIAM PHILIP,6,26/12/1944,OF 123 MACKENZIE ROAD.
        SON OF JAMES WALTER AND AMY JARVIS. DIED AT 123 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        JEPPS,HENRY ALBERT,44,26/12/1944,”AIR RAID WARDEN.
        HUSBAND OF FLORENCE MARGARET JEPPS OF 126 GEORGE’S ROAD. DIED AT PRINCE OF
        WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        KING,VERA ROSE,19,26/12/1944,”DAUGHTER OF ALFRED
        JAMES AND C. R. KING, OF 28 KNOX BUILDINGS. DIED AT MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        MACBETH,EDITH MAY,44,26/12/1944,”WIFE OF ALEXANDER
        MACBETH, OF 73 MACKENZIE ROAD. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        MARSON,MARGARET AGNES,55,26/12/1944,”OF 133
        MACKENZIE ROAD. WIFE OF ERNEST FRANCIS MARSON. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES,
        MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        MILLS,ELIZABETH HANNAH,50,26/12/1944,”OF 16 CROWN
        MANSIONS, LIVERPOOL ROAD. WIFE OF ROBERT JOHN MILLS. DIED AT MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        MILLS,ROBERT JOHN,13,26/12/1944,”OF 16 CROWN
        MANSIONS, LIVERPOOL ROAD. SON OF ROBERT JOHN AND ELIZABETH HANNAH MILLS. DIED
        AT MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        MILLS,ROBERT JOHN,45,26/12/1944,”OF 16 CROWN
        MANSIONS, LIVERPOOL ROAD. HUSBAND OF ELIZABETH HANNAH MILLS. DIED AT MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        MITCHELL,ERNEST JOHN,38,28/12/1944,”ISLINGTON
        DECONTAMINATION SERVICE; OF 19 RINGCROFT STREET, HOLLOWAY, LONDON. SON OF MRS. E.
        MITCHELL, OF 60 MACKENZIE ROAD, HOLLOWAY. INJURED 26 DECEMBER 1944, AT
        MACKENZIE ROAD; DIED AT GROVELANDS HOSPITAL.”

        MITCHELL,FREDERICK GEORGE,11,26/12/1944,OF 19 RINGCROFT
        STREET. SON OF THE LATE ERNEST JOHN MITCHELL. DIED AT MACKENZIE ROAD.

        MORRIS,ETHEL FLORA,23,26/12/1944,”OF 115 MACKENZIE
        ROAD. DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM J. GARDNER, OF 4 MACKENZIE ROAD; WIFE OF WILLIAM
        MORRIS. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        NEIGHBOUR,EMILY MINNIE,19,26/12/1944,”W.L.A.
        DAUGHTER OF JAMES AND A. NEIGHBOUR, OF 57 BEMERTON STREET. DIED AT MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        NEWELL,WILLIAM HERBERT,47,26/12/1944,”HUSBAND OF
        ELLEN MARGARET NEWELL, OF 13 ARUNDEL SQUARE. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        OSBORNE,HILDA,29,26/12/1944,”OF 115 MACKENZIE ROAD.
        DAUGHTER OF J. SORRELL, OF 46 HIGHBURY HILL; WIFE OF GEORGE SIDNEY OSBORNE (H.M
        FORCES). DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        PARIS,MABEL,49,26/12/1944,”WIFE OF CHARLES HENRY
        PARIS, OF 171 LIVERPOOL BUILDINGS. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        PEACOCK,CLARA,34,26/12/1944,”OF 16 HOLLINGSWORTH
        STREET. DAUGHTER OF LOUISA, AND OF THE LATE JOHN TOWER; WIFE OF WILLIAM J.
        PEACOCK. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        RAMSAY,JOHN HERBERT,51,26/12/1944,”HUSBAND OF LILIAN
        G. RAMSAY, OF 90 RHODES STREET. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        REYNOLDS,LULU ELIZABETH,35,26/12/1944,”DAUGHTER OF
        MR. AND MRS. H. HARDING, OF 109 GEORGE’S ROAD, HOLLOWAY; WIFE OF ARTHUR
        REYNOLDS, OF 184 DEANSBROOK ROAD, BURNT OAK. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        ROWLANDS,HENRY CHARLES,49,26/12/1944,”OF 535
        LIVERPOOL ROAD. HUSBAND OF BETTY MAY ROWLANDS. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES,
        MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        SAYERS,,,26/12/1944,OF 152 MACKENZIE ROAD. DIED AT 152
        MACKENZIE ROAD.

        SIDNEY,EMILY,60,26/12/1944,”OF 7 ALEXANDER ROAD.
        WIFE OF WALLACE SIDNEY. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        SIDNEY,WALLACE,60,26/12/1944,”OF 7 ALEXANDER ROAD.
        HUSBAND OF EMILY SIDNEY. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        SORRELL,VIOLET ELIZABETH,32,26/12/1944,”WIFE OF
        FREDERICK JAMES SORRELL, OF 28 GOULDING COURT, TURNPIKE LANE, HORNSEY,
        MIDDLESEX. DIED AT MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        SYRETT,ALFRED,22,26/12/1944,”OF 16 TWYFORD STREET.
        SON OF MRS. E. SYRETT. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        TITCHMARSH,HERBERT EDWARD,65,01/01/1945,”OF 129
        MACKENZIE ROAD. HUSBAND OF FANNY ELIZABETH TITCHMARSH. INJURED 26 DECEMBER
        1944, AT 129 MACKENZIE ROAD; DIED AT ST. MARY ISLINGTON HOSPITAL.”

        TOWER,LOUISA,72,26/12/1944,”OF 15 HARTNOLL HOUSE,
        EDEN GROVE. WIDOW OF GEORGE JOHN TOWER. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        TUMMONS,ERNEST WALLACE,70,26/12/1944,OF 127 MACKENZIE
        ROAD. HUSBAND OF SUSAN TUMMONS. DIED AT 127 MACKENZIE ROAD.

        WAKE,DENNIS DENBY,16,26/12/1944,OF 156 MACKENZIE ROAD.
        SON OF HENRY CHARLES AND MARY WAKE. INJURED AT MACKENZIE ROAD; DIED SAME DAY AT
        ROYAL NORTHERN HOSPITAL.

        WELCH,VERA MARGARET LILIAN,25,26/12/1944,”OF 129
        MACKENZIE ROAD. DAUGHTER OF FANNY ELIZABETH TITCHMARSH, AND OF HERBERT
        TITCHMARSH; WIFE OF PTE. JOHN WELCH, ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS. DIED AT 129
        MACKENZIE ROAD.”

        WESTON,EDWARD ALFRED,26,26/12/1944,”SON OF MR. AND
        MRS. JAMES WESTON, OF 34 NAILOUR STREET. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

        WHITLEY,ELLEN AMELIA,53,26/12/1944,”OF 45 CHALFONT
        ROAD. WIFE OF THOMAS JOHN WHITLEY. DIED AT PRINCE OF WALES, MACKENZIE
        ROAD.”

    • Jwatsonbore

      Neil,

      I have been thinking hard, and I remember my aunts speaking about the Mills family who were killed.  The other residents of Crown Mansions were horrified aboiut what had happened.  You are correct in believing that the whole block around “The Prince of Wales” was devastated; Chalfont Road had pre-fabs built on it in the late 1940′s/early 1950′s.

      With best wishes,

      Jenny

    • moley

      r.i.p

    • Sue Cooke

      My Aunt Emily (Emy) Neighbour was killed on Boxing Night 1944 in the Prince of Wales pub in Mackenzie Road. She was nearly nineteen years old and was on leave from the Land Army.

      She was celebrating her engagement to George Hopwood. His parents, brother & sister along with a few friends were also killed.

      My Granddad was on voluntary warden duty that night assisting the emergency services and was given the task of recovering the remains of bodies and putting them in bags. When he found out that his own daughter was amongst the dead, the shock was so great that he could not speak for days. My mum and her eldest sister Mary, had the sad task of identifying her by her shoes that she was wearing that night.

      Aunt Emy had thirteen siblings, this tragic event took it’s toll on all of them. Mum thought that what was left of Aunt Emy had been buried in a mass grave in East Finchley, but it was in fact a Communal grave. Although she was buried with sixteen others, only four of them were killed on that Boxing night, one of them was a young man called Alfred Syrett. He always had a thing for Emy and used to say, ” I am going to end up with you” and he did!

      George Hopwood was buried with his family and several others that also died on that fateful night.

      Lest we Forget.

      Sue Cooke

      safcooke@ntlworld.com

      • Sue Cooke

        Amendment to my story above (Sue Cooke).
        The person that Emy was getting engaged to was Frank Hopwood jnr. a marine. George was his twin brother.

  • http://null StuartR

    I am very interested in the V2 strikes, as my wife’s grandfather escaped death from one of these on Jan 14 1945 by about an inch! I am adding a piece we have unearthed in tracking down his personal history. He (apparently) wrote this letter to the paper the day after his lucky escape. In another account, published in the 1970′s, a different survivor reported the strike as hitting St. Paul’s Church, Ripple Road, Barking. I also note that the parish records of this church cease in 1945, and I wonder whether the church was subsequently demolished. Not knowing the area I would welcome comments on this.

    January 1945 Copy of a letter published in the Stratford Express

    “LOCAL TRADESMAN’S NARROW ESCAPE FROM DEATH BY ENEMY ACTION”

    “On Sunday evening 14th instant whilst very cold, waiting in a long, overdue Bus Queue, talking to a lady, relating to the effects of a “Rocket”, which fell during morning service, on to a nearby Church, where many casualties and some deaths were caused, without the slightest noise or warning, we were all thrown to the ground, by “Blast” from another “Rocket”, which had fallen on another Church premises near us.

    “The noise and Scene are indescribable, but as soon as I recovered from the shock, and discovered I was safe and uninjured, I arose to find that my clothes, even to my overcoat was buttoned up, and my Hat on my head, and my walking stick still in my hand, just as I had fallen down, but not so those near me. A lady next was practically stripped of all her clothes, and all in a heap, and next her was a girl, evidently killed instantaneously. On the other side a gentleman, evidently with a broken back, for whom I made a rest for his head, with a piece of wood and two bricks. By the light from the Electric Lamps, which had been switched on by the “Blast” in the shops. I scrambled over Brickwork, Masonry, Broken Wood and Glass, into the Butchers shop and brought out a white coat and apron with which to cover up the woman’s body another gentleman helping me to lay her out. Now feeling queer myself, I left the scene and walked to a friend’s house, where I was given refreshment and treatment. A fragment of Glass being taken out of my Forehead and out of my clothes. Even Broken Fragments and dust were in my socks. It was discovered that where I had fallen, a large section of Masonry and Brickwork from the Coping of the Butcher’s shop, had struck and made a large hole in the Pavement Stone, close to where my head had laid, but had only just touched my hat and marked it. For which I am sincerely thankful.

    “As a thank offering for my life being spared, I am sending a donation to our local Hospital, which many others could do the same, to assist them in their arduous work for the benefit of injured persons, not so lucky as myself.

    “G.J.A.B.
    “George James Arthur Baker”

    • Irving Holgate

      Type your comment here.I have just read your account of the V2 on St Pauls Church.
      It was rebuilt as a church hall and is still there now .I lived in Ilford and the family business was in Barking so I remember some of the events during that time.
      There are at least 3 V2′S  not on the map. One was in Levett Gdns Seven Kings the blast of which lifted me down our hallway and my Dad caught me, One in South Park which demolished the Clock tower  ! and one at the Triangle Tanners street Barking.

      irving.holgate@kpmg.co.uk

  • http://undefined CityBloke

    Hi. I’m new here so please be gentle with me……

    My, this is a VERY interesting website! Wish I had seen it earlier as I currently live slap bang in the centre of the City of London which, as you all know, was heavily bombed. I remember my Dad showing me an old A-Z map of London showing the Barbican area as being virtually devoid – so unlike today where it’s been built up again.

    I’m just wondering as the exact number of casualties on most V1/V2 landing sites are listed if there’s a list somewhere of names of those who were, unfortunately, killed at each site? I’m asking this as I’m doing Family Research and noticed a couple of my relatives were actually living in the centre of London during the war years and would have been in their mid 60s then but I cannot find any trace of both their (husband and wife) demises.

    Thanks in advance for any advice forthcoming.

    CB.

  • http://undefined Bernard

    V2 Mayesbrooke Park. Dagenham
    A very strange experience.
    I was living in Woodward Rd Dagenham and was standing at my front gate looking across the road towards my friends house, waiting for him to come out to play, I was 11 years old and the time must have been early evening. Suddenly I saw a small object shoot down from the sky at rooftop height at an angle of about 45 degrees, this was followed by an explosion with debris being thrown up into the air. Knowing since how fast it was travelling I can only attempt to explain how I came to see it, my only explanation is that I must have blinked at the exact moment and mentally captured the image in the same way that a camera does. The odd thing is that I saw a red glow at the impact spot which I have always thought came before the impact, but memory plays tricks.
    I have since looked at local maps in an attempt to find the site, which would have been in the direction of Mayesbrook Pk.
    I had always thought that it had fallen closer to me than your map shows, it must have actually been about 3/4 mile away.
    Your map shows it as an airburst !!! but what I saw was almost at impact ?????
    This is just something that has been with me ever since as being so strange to have actually seen it, albeit fleetingly.
    Bernard

    • Tony

      Hello Bernard, this V2 fell in Basedale Road outside No. 24 where my Uncle and Auntie lived with their 4 children. Two of my cousins were killed, Roy Dowsett aged 5. and Rosina Dowsett aged 6 weeks. Both are buried in Rippleside Cemetery. I was almost in it too only a cup of tea and a missed bus (No. 62), I was 11 also and was on the bus in Woodward Road when we heard the bang. The date was the 21 December 1944 and the sight of the devastation and the saddness it had on our extended family will live with me for ever.
      After the war my Auntie and Uncle went back to live in the house after it was rebuilt and went on to have another 2 children.

      Tony

      • Clementsjohnandeileen

        THANKS A MILLION TONY,, I WAS 10 AT THE TIME THAT  V2  ARRIVED .I LIVED AT  34 BASEDALE RD  I HAD JUST  GOT BACK FROM SHOPPING WITH MY  MUM AND WE WERE HURT PRETTY BAD .THIS IS THE FIRST  REPORT I HAVE EVER SEEN  .. I NOW LIVE IN  EDMONTON CANADA  I KNEW THE DOWSETT  FAMILY  AND PLAYED  WITH  THE  2  BOYS   THANKS  AGAIN IT IS NOW  JULY 18 2011 ..IT  SEEMS  LIKE  YESTERDAY  THANKS , JOHN  CLEMENTS MAYBE  WE  PLAYED  TOGETHER ?????  

      • JOHN CLEMENTS

        thanks  again Tony[see my other  reply } sure would like to get an e.mail  from you re, the  Basedale road V2  site  .... my  e.mail address  is    clementsjohnandeileen@gmail.com   thats  if  you  have  the  time  and  interest ?   i was born  at  no. 34  basedale and  spent  most of my youth doing  wot  kids do at  the  lake?.  then  refered to  as  matchstick island [just  across the  bridge]  from the  v2 site …OHHH HAPPY  DAYS 67 YEARS AGO  WOOOOOW .. ALL THE  BEST  ..JOHN  IN  CANADA…. 

        • Clementsjohnandeileen

          HALLO  ,ANY  YOUNG  OLDE TYMERS  THAT  HAVE ANY MEMORIES  OF  BASEDALE  ROAD OR  CLOSE  BY ,MONTEAGLE  SCHOOL  ,,BIFRONS SCHOOL,  MATCHY  ISLAND ,OR  THE  ROUND HOUSE  PUB ? V2  ROCKET  FELL DEC 21  1944   LIKE  TO  HEAR  FROM  ANYBODY  THATS  STILL  KICKING..clementsjohnandeileen@gmail.com      IN  CANADA..  HURRY  ”TIMES  A WAISTIN” !!!!!    CHEERS !!!!!!    JOHN  [chinky}

          • Bernfromben

            This is Bernard who stated this link, still kicking,.  I went to Monteagle School before and after the war then on to the Abbey School at Barking.   Used to roam Matchstick Island especially when frozen over !!   Remember the `Italian Garden` at Matchstick, very posh,  gone now.  Made push carts with ball bearing wheels and ran them down the hill by the Round House,  what a noise,  hooligans.    Was evac to Somerset three times.   Have lived in Hornchurch for the last 50 years,  my doesn`t time fly.   How come everybody buggered off to Canada, lucky devils

            Bernard

          • JOHN CLEMENTS

            hi  Bernard,  IT,S  GREAT  TO  HEAR  THAT  SOMEBODY  LIKE  YOURSELF  IS  STILL  AROUND,     ,VERY  FEW  OF  US  LEFT , THE  ITALIAN  GARDENS MUST OF  BEEN  AFTER MY  TIME ,SHORTLY  AFTER THE  V2 ARRIVED WE MOVED TO [evacuated to paulton in somerset] THEN TO LOUGHTON , DEBDEN ,,WOODFORD,  RAF IN  HORNCHURCH .                                      GOT HITCHED AND  CROSSED  THE POND ,I TO  REMEMBER  GOING  DOWN  THAT  HILL ON A BALL BEARING  SCOOTER , AND  ALL SO  CLIMBING  OVER THAT  FENCE  TO TAKE  A SWIM  OR TO  JUST  HAVE “THE  PARKEE” CHASE  US.. THEM, AS  THEY  SAY  WERE  THE  DAYS.. I HAVE  OFTEN GOOGLED  MATCHY  ,IT  SURE  HAS  CHANGED ,, CANADA BY  THE  WAY  IS  A  GREAT PLACE TO TO  HANG  ONES  HAT  , WE LIVE  CLOSE TO  THE  MOUNTAINS,, {JASPER }  LOTS  OF  BRITS  AROUND ,LIFE  IS  GREAT,  HOWEVER OUR  TEMPS. CAN  DROP TO- 40 AND  THAT  CAN TAKE SOME GETTING  USE TO  ,KEEP IN TOUCH  ,,HAPPY  NEW  YEAR  ….JOHN 

          • Clementsjohnandeileen

            GOOD  LUCK ,AND A HAPPY  NEW  YEAR  TO  ALL BRITS 

  • http://undefined Les Samuels

    Hi Les Samuels here. great site. I was living in Chisenhale Rd when a V2 rocket landed in Victoria Park. I was 7yrs then. It blew in the front windows of our house and splinters of glass embedded themselves in the pillow of my younger brothers pram(my mother had removed him earlier). I also remember playing in the crater in Victoria Park and the twisted remains of the rocket at the top of the crater. Luckily the rocket landed in Victoria Park. The Old Ford Road location on your site is a bit out. It was approximately 51.32N 02.40W just west of the skew bridge.

    • Johncater

      Hi Les

      I used to play in that pit,

      Give me  acall sometime

      John
      07732-641-838

  • http://undefined Ray French

    Just stumbled upon this site – much of interest, thanks to all those who have worked to put it together.

    I think I have another V2 site for you: my mother survived a strike in Southborough Lane, Bromley (Kent) which demolished several of the cottages adjacent to hers and ‘created’ the current car park space for the Crooked Billet pub. The impact site can still be made out using the satellite view in Google Maps:

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.390202,0.054674&spn=0.001697,0.004801&t=h&z=18

    According to the book “Bromley Memories”, 21 people died in the incident, although the BBC carried an account of the same strike which suggests ‘over 100′ – see:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/74/a6027374.shtml

    More than 100 fatalities seems unlikley, but either way this was a significant – and tragic – event.

    Hope this info is of some use.

    • Jennie Randall

      I have researched the history of the V2 rocket attack & in May my group, the Friends of Jubilee Country Park, had a plaque installed on the current Crooked Billet in memory of those killed & injured. If you Google Crooked Billet there are lots of articles about it on the web. I have written a booklet about the incident which may be of interest to you. There are many accounts from people who were there at the time as well as a number of previously unpublished photographs. This can be purchased by post from The Friends of Jubilee Country Park, Shire Lane, Farnborough, Kent, BR6 7JH for £4.50 inc p&p, cheques payable to “The Friends of Jubilee Country Park”.
      For your information, 26 people died at the scene & 1 in hospital the following day as a result of her injuries. All the books I read gave different figures for the dead, but I have consulted the mortuary records where the casualties were taken, so I am as sure as I can be that the figures I have are accurate. Jennie Randall

  • M@

    Thanks to everyone for these stories and information. It greatly enriches the original map and article to have so much additional input from people who witnessed these strikes. I’ve added a few of the more accurately described accounts to the map. But the map is still incomplete. I know there were at least another 200 strikes not accounted for in the records I’ve seen.

  • http://undefined Henry

    I’m working with a photographer on a project photographing houses that have been damaged by V2 rockets. The photographer has a morbid fascination with the V2′s as his mother narrowly missed being hit by the last V2. His grandparents were killed, but his mother was late being dropped off at their house.
    My role in the project is to find suburban houses that were damaged, not destroyed by a V2. Most of the reported landings that I can find state which roads the rockets landed on and the houses that were destroyed, but ideally if anyone has specific house numbers that were damaged, that would be brilliant. A lot of the destroyed houses are now car parks or commercial buildings, so we would like to find house that were damaged but are still standing…..
    Last week we went to Abbotts Gardens, East Finchley and met some very helpful people.
    Please be in touch if you think you can help.

    • Anthonybartlett

      tiverton rd v2 blast damage osman rd destroyed .was there

  • http://undefined pam

    citybloke
    If you go to the commonwealth war graves commision website and click on search our records , put in the surname and initial of the people you are looking for and roughly when they died and you get a list come up with all the people in that area with the name you put in ,your relatives may be on that list If they are on there click on their name and the details come up .Also at the bottom of the details page if you click on certificate there is a picture of the page in the civilian war dead book with their details and ‘remembered with honour’ written

  • http://www.mobilephones.name karenmob

    Great insight, offers a fair reminder to us all.

  • http://undefined Mrnev

    The mapped V2 strike shown for Broadmead Road, Woodford Green (also known as Sado’s Corner) was a V1 “buzz bomb” not a V2. My father remembers as a young boy watching it from approach over Draper’s Hill, Woodford Bridge and then being bundled under the dining room table by his mother when the engine cut out and hearing the explosion as it came down on the junction of Broadmead Road and Chigwell Road. My mother was only a baby at the time but the windows of her parents house in Brackley Square were blown in by the blast.

    A V2 did come down close to Albyns Manor (a very large country house) in Stapleford Abbotts, nr Romford (postcode would be something like RM4 1RS) doing enough damage to the house that it was demolished as a direct result in the early 1950s. Only the servants quarters now survive.

    Sorry, but I dont know the dates for either event.

  • M@

    Thanks for that last comment. I’ve removed the V1 strike and added your Albyns Manor strike. Let me know if you think the marker I’ve added could be more accurately placed (it’s on the spot suggested by the post code you gave).

  • http://undefined Mrnev

    That looks pretty much spot on.

  • http://undefined c3ntur10n

    im new so please be gentle,

    my father tells me his grandmother was killed by the last v2 droped on london, i think she was in the east end as my father is from east ham, her name was ursular archer, dose this ring any bells with any one

    • http://undefined pam

      Go to the commonwealth war graves commission web site click on search our records Put her name on the form for the debt of honour register. Choose 2nd world war and date 1945 It will come up with any one with that name and an address for them . Click on the name and it will take you to a page with all the details they have and at the bottom of that page there is a link to certificate ,click on this and it shows the page in the book they have for all the civilian war dead.
      I know you were probably hoping for an answer from someone who knew the family but at least this will give you an address to work on

  • http://undefined smilingjim

    I remember well the V2 which landed after 9p.m. on or about 17th November, 1944. It struck the junction of Fourth Avenue with the, then named, Old Dagenham Road, Rush Green. It destroyed the off licence, the Handy Stores and the houses opposite with proportionate blast damage according to distance. I believe I was first on the scene which was well lit up by the burning gas main. I had been asked by my father to find out what had happened when we came to. We lost roof, windows and doors. Fortunately, although rescue spent some time searching for the off licence couple,(it seemed they were away for the weekend), no one was seriously hurt. When daylight came I found my hands had been shot blasted with powdered glass. Smilingjim

  • http://undefined Peter Brown

    I was born in Kenwyn Drive Neasden on 29th January 1945.
    My arrival was apparently triggered by the shock my mother received when a V2 landed near our house but did not explode. On your excellent map there is a “?” labeled “Annesley Close” close to Kenwyn Drive. Do you have any information on the date of this possible V2 strike which would tie in with my birth date?

    My father who was on leave from the Royal Artillery at the time of my birth collected some bits of the V2 as souvenirs and I still have an alluminium pipe coupling from this V2!

  • http://undefined Adrian

    Being born in London in 1939 & living in Cicada Road Wandsworth I can just about remember one or two things – hard to forget even for a baby/toddler. A/A guns making the knocker on the front door rattle, sirens, aircraft droning, a shelter under the hallway that would have protected no-one, gas masks and so on. Most notably I remember the V1 which came down in Rosehill Road – that made us move to the country for a while. So I don’t think I recall the big bang that must have been a V2 where the Public Library now stands in Allfarthing Lane/Geraldine Road/Melody Road. I can remember people saying it had been a landmine but it cleared a lot of houses, don’t know how many died. All the newish buildings there now were part of it.

    • Margaret Browning nee Edwards

      I am Margaret Browning (Edwards) and was actually born in the middle of an air-raid at Number 6 Rosehill Road in October, 1940, my sister Sheila born 1939. When Rosehill Road was hit, my mother took Sheila and myself down the road to get to the shops, she forgot her ration book and turned round to go back home – number 6 when the bomb dropped. We were eventually evacuated to Stoke on Trent.

    • Old Git Tom

      Bin gorn for years, but I was nearby,
      Delia Street, off Garratt Lane, SW18, circa 1940, & evacuated
      twice. There was a heavy AA gun & barrage balloon in King George
      Park. Noisy, wasn’t it? I was always cheesed off the oldies wouldn’t
      let me out the air raid shelter to watch the fun. I remember (?) a
      stick of bombs fell diagonally across Garratt Lane, knocking the end
      off the Wandle House apartments, & flattening a dairy in
      Allfarthing Lane. The Foresters (?) pub escaped & became famous
      for s/thing. Hitler couldn’t close it, but the PC crowd later managed
      to destroy the Brit pub.  Grannie was dug out of a shop cellar.
      Memory is not clear, but a quite large area of cheapo houses was
      cleared in Iron Mill Place – council flats later. I s/times wonder if
      a V1 or V2 did that. Anyone know? Oh, one bomb got a favorite pub of
      my old man. It used to be on the River Wandle, by the bridge in
      Wandsworth High Street. Before he died, he said, “I can still
      taste the last pint I had there”!

  • http://undefined Glenis

    My father describes in his memoirs a V2 which fell on an army camp at Wansted Flats in May/June 1944 in which at least 32 people were killed. Is this one of the sites on your map?

  • http://undefined Brandy

    Hi All,

    I am new here and found the site whilst trying to find some information about my husbands grand-father Mr Alfred Austin, who died on 28th July 1944 in a bombing raid in Moody Street, Bancroft Road, London. E.1. not sure if it would have been a V2 or not but would be grateful of any information anyone could share.

    Great site by the way.

    Carol.

    • M@

      Carol, the date is a little to early to have been a V2. My hunch is that it was a V1 ‘flying bomb’ attack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-1_flying_bomb). Other devastating V1 strikes occurred on the same day (http://www.flyingbombsandrockets.com/V1_maintexti.html) but I can’t find a reference to the E1 incident you describe.

      • http://undefined Brandy

        Thanks for the information, I will take a look and see what I can find out…. I do know a local public house was Bombed in Bancroft Road E.1 in 1944 but can’t find the date this happened, it was The Albert Arms.

        Anyway thanks again.

        Carol.

  • http://undefined Zoe

    Hi. I am looking for a bit of help on some family history. The family story is that my hubby’s grandfather George Oliver, was killed by a v1 or v2 that dropped on Goodmayes park we believe. I am struggling to find any info on this., any help or pointers would be really welcome. Cheers

    • Nads

      Hi Zoe. I am looking at the history of Goodmayes Park. Did you manage to get further details or accounts of what happened there?

    • Gcweir

      The thing in Goodmayes park was a V2, which fell on Saturday 3rd february, 1945, I think in the late morning. I remember that it caused damage to shops opposite, and that I found two girls, whom I knew, busy sweeping up the shattered window glass from The Fifty Shilling Taylors shop where they worked.
      I’m afraid my diary gives no further detail. 
      Graeme weir.

    • Dandarex

      I believe that the only casualty of the V2 in Goodmayes Park was a James Edmunds who lived in Dunkeld Road. 
      According to my information there was a George William Oliver (44) killed at 127 Hampton Road, Ilford on 19th March 1941 along with Nellie Oliver (44) and Nellie Oliver (64). This would have been during the blitz.
      Hampton Road is close to South Park.

  • http://undefined Philip

    There was a V2 at Park Road, Kingston upon Thames, just south of the junction with Kings Road. Several casualties & a plaque located on the site. See map at http://www.rbksch.org/museum/map_large.asp?mapid=1

  • http://undefined M@

    Thank you, Philip. I’ve added this additional point to the map. If you look in satellite view, you can see that the houses in this area are of a later date than surrounding streets.

  • http://undefined davidb

    Very interesting. There was certainly a V2 hit that you have not shown in Kidbrooke Park Rod SE3. I was asleep in the in the basement of those old three storey Georgian houses. The impact was around 51°28′N 1°23′, roughly halfway between “Stop 9″ and St James church on the Google map. Our half of the house was later pulled down, but St James’ church only lost its tiles and its spire. Considering how close the explosion was, that very much bears out “Blitz Street”‘s conclusion that blast damage from V2′s was strictly limited. We knew that at the time.
    Sorry can’t help with the date. I wish I knew. It must hve been a late one, because we had already been bombed out by a V1.

    • M@

      Thank you David. I have added the pin, and reader Steve Hunnisett provided a date for this and other markers in the area.

  • http://undefined Stephen

    I think you will find that the ‘hit’ site near Parndon Wood Harlow Essex is a little to the right of whats marked on the map. The site is infact in the woods, there is a pond in the woods, this is infact the impact site. I have seen wreckage from a v2 at our local museum, its said this wreckage comes from that pond in Pardon Wood. Hope this helps anyone Steve

    • M@

      Thank you Stephen. I have moved the marker into the woods. However, I am not familiar with the area, and a pond cannot be seen on the satellite view, so I can’t be sure if it’s accurate. Do let me know if it needs moving a little in any direction.

    • John Young

      I think Stephen is correct. I now live about 500m from the pond in the crater in Parndon Wood, Harlow and I know the site well. Coincidentally, in 1945, I was living in Waltham Cross when, on January 2nd at around 9:20 am a, V2 fell on the Brush Factory (Acorn Works) on the High Street. This impact is not recorded on your otherwise excellent map. We lived about 500 metres to the west of the impact and my grandparents a similar distance in the opposite direction. My earliest memory, as a not quite three year old, is being left by my mother with a neighbour while she rushed off to see if her parents were OK.. I still have an image of sitting, still in my dressing gown, on Mrs Briden’s lap in front of her old black kitchen range when my Granddad appeared at the door. He had come in the opposite direction and missed Mum. I have recently realised that my mother’s sister actually worked at the Brush Factory and her Brother at the adjacent Brass Foundry. So they were presumably closer to the impact than either my Mother and me or my Grandparents. Fortunately, we all escaped injury.

      I have only recently learned about the Parndon Wodd incident and to know that I have spent so much of my life close to a V2 impact point.

      John

  • http://undefined AndyB

    Having seen the recent ‘Blitz Steet’ series on Channel 4 I decided it was time to do some research because I recalled some stories which my father had told me about being bombed out by a V2. He lived at the Palmer Place end of Morgan Road, Islington. I found this website very quickly and find I can provide some additional information.

    What I hadn’t realised was that my father had been affected by two V2s but having spoken to him tonight he immediately confirmed this. The first one was Mackenzie Road at the Prince of Wales pub on 26th Dec 1944. My father’s brothers had gone to bed when that V2 hit. Windows were blown in and a large shard of glass embedded itself in the settee. My father was leaning forward playing with a dinky toy and reckons that if he had been sitting back in the settee the glass would have injured him severely if not fatally.

    His second V2 encounter was the undated one which you have identified as Palmer Place just near its junction with Morgan Road. It was a Sunday (he thought it was 5th or 6th Jan 1945 but it must have been 7th to be a Sunday) and my father’s family had just had tea so it would have been around around 5pm and they were getting ready to go to church. My father had just finishing washing in the kitchen when the V2 hit. Fortunately it was the opposite side of the building to where he was but glass blew in and quite a bit went into the right side of his face. But the affect on the building was more dramatic because the wall split apart and he could see through into the toilet which was next door to the kitchen. He was taken off for First Aid and his head wrapped up in bandages. He reckons they overdid it and the following day the doctor thought so too and took then all off. Probably the number of glass fragments had bloodied him sufficiently to make his condition look worse than it was. Later some glass was removed but some didn’t come out for more than two years.

    The Palmer Place V2 hit very close indeed to where my father was living – although his address was Morgan Road I think the front door was on Palmer Place itself but he believes the reason why he (and his family) survived is that it hit in some open land but a big bank of soil had been piled up high between where the V2 landed and the road so the blast was deflected upwards. Otherwise he feels sure the building he was in would have been demolished with him in it.

    • M@

      Thank you, Andy. I’ve added parts of these accounts to the specific pins in the map. And thanks for clearing up the date of the attack.

    • Don Hudson

      Type your comment here.I remember that well I was 13 at the time and had just gone to bed when the rocket landed in Mackenzie Road. It was an horrific explosion. Soon after we heard people in the street shouting directions to ambulances or fire engines as it was a pea souper fog outside. The next day was a bitterly cold day with the sun like a red ball in the sky. The rocket on the Palmer Place block of flats was Sunday January 7th, my father’s birthday. I believe there was only one fatality that day as it was a sunny afternoon and most of the occupants had gone for a walk.
      My uncle was a St John’s ambulance man at the scene of the Mackenzie Road incident and told us some horrific stories of things he had witnessed.

      Don Hudson

  • http://undefined Paul2

    Fascinating site! and also very interesting to read some of the first hand recollections in the comments above.

    Born in 1960 I thankfully missed the war but have always held a strong interest in this part of our history.

    I live up in North Lincolnshire and although we mercifully escaped the V’s we did suffer heavy bombing particularly over the river in Hull and surrounding area’s.

    I fly a light aircraft and from air I can still see the rows of dimples in the fields around here on the northern edge of the Lincolnshire wolds, often in rows of six or more, from bombs that were dropped and either missed their targets or were dumped due to being unable to find the targets in poor weather.

    They are easy to spot from the air but very difficult to find from the ground, several exist not far from my village which I have seen from the air but have been unable to find when i’ve subsequently gone out on my mountain bike to look at them.

    One dark night my local town Grimsby was the unfortunate recipient of the test run for Hitlers anti personnel ‘Butterfly’ bombs which killed and seriously injured several civilians.

    I understand that the whole episode was hushed up by the government so that the Germans never found out how very effective the Butterfly bombs were and thankfully didnt use them much afterwards.

  • http://undefined Steve Hunnisett

    Tranquil Vale, Blackheath. V2 fell on the Wesleyan Chapel in Wemyss Road killing 5 and injuring 134. The missile fell at 5.30pm on a Saturday evening. The area was never rebuilt and is easily identifiable today as a small car park.

    • Chris Rutherford

      The V2 rocket fell on Blackheath at midday. It was a weekday. My friend lived at 12 Wemyss Road and was in the house at the time, She was staying at home on what was a schoolday as she was sick. Because it fell on the church at the pit of the village the damage done was more limited than would otherwise have been the case.
      Chris Rutherford

  • http://undefined Steve Hunnisett

    A ‘new’ one also needs to be added. Siebert Road, Charlton SE7. 8th March 1945 – V2 fell at 0840 killing 3 and seriously injuring 81. Total of 20 houses were demolished and 200 more damaged.

    If you would like me to e-mail the information, I have transcribed the ARP Incident Log for the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich so could send all V2 (or LRR) incidents for the borough to you if this helps.

    • Alant izzard

      Hi Steve
      I have and continue to carry out research into all incidents in the Old Metropolitan Boroughs of the now London Borough of Greenwich also the old Bexley Council particularly Welling where I lived in those epic years certainly there are V2 strikes missing for Welling/Woolwich that I recall only too well..but to the point I would be most appreciative if you would let me have a copy of your transcribed incident log of V2 and LRR’s… and of the permission to make use of the information with acknowlegement to your self of course.   Alan Tizzard  email:alantizzard@nsva.fsnet.co.uk 

    • kjthistory

      Hi Steve,

      My late mother-in-law told me she lost all her wedding photos in this incident; her husband was serving abroad but she and her parents lost the entire back of their house in Westcombe Hill (which I understand backed onto Siebert Road) and had to move out for some time. I would love to read the Incident Log for Siebert Road if you could point me in the right direction?

  • http://undefined Steve Hunnisett

    Sorry re Wemyss Road above – omitted date which was 8th March 1945.

  • http://undefined Lesley

    At 11pm on 15th March 1945 a V2 rocket landed in the grounds of Wykeham Primary School on Annesley Close, Neasden, just off the North Circular Road. It destroyed part of the school and houses on Annesley Close and Aboyne Road.

    Seven people died and 40 were injured. Those who died were Doreen Embury, aged 16 of 9 Aboyne Road; Audrey Copperwaite, aged 17 and Joan Copperwaite, aged 19 of 14 Aboyne Road; James Wright, aged 42 and John Wright aged 14, of 16 Aboyne Road; Thomas Horsted, aged 57 and Nellie Horsted, aged 59 of 34 Annesley Close.

  • http://undefined ray

    Lesley – do you have any more info on the Wykeham school V2 hit – my mother was at school there.

    Thanks

    Ray

  • http://undefined David

    Between King Henry’s Road, NW3 & Oppidans Road NW3 now the site of Primrose Hill Court- there was a major bomb that hit the road at the top before Primrose Hill Road (opposite 44 KHR) which I believe killed a lot of people (including some of the keepers at the Zoo). Most people report this as a V2, but I think I have also read one eye witness account claiming it as a parachute mine.

    It’s recorded as a V2 in the LCC County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945 which records most of the V1 and V2 sites – this was republished by the London Topographical Society in 2005. I don’t know if you have seen this or not, but it would help you to complete this site.

  • http://undefined selwyn5

    I was talking to my mum yesterday and, prompted by the recent anniversary of the start of the Blitz, I asked her what her experiences of it had been. In fact, for most of the Blitz and V1 raids, she’d been out in the country.

    But her most distinct memory was of a near miss was when she was back in London in January 1945. She was living at 161 Westrow Drive in Barking at the time, and would have been about 11 years old. She was in bed at night when what she has always believed was a V2 landed in Mayesbrook Park, probably at about midnight. The explosion was strong enough to bring the ceiling plaster down on her and the tiles off the roof. Her younger brother in the front-facing bedroom and therefore a little closer was injured by a falling bookcase, but OK. My mum has always believed that the fact that the rocket sank quite deep into the clay soil in the park before exploding probably reduced the damage. That night – which she remembers was very cold – she eventually got taken to her friend Margaret’s house opposite Manor Park school. Next day she was in school, which might help pin the date down a little!

    This doesn’t really seem to tally with any of your reports so far. My mum has a very good memory and of course this kind of thing is going to make a lasting impression, so I’m quite sure the basic facts are right!

    • M@

      Thanks for the story. The map is a little patchy for Barking, as I’ve not yet tracked down official records for this part of London (the markers that are in place come from strong witness accounts on this and other web sites and books). However, there were certainly many strikes in this area and I’m sure your mum is correct.

    • Mikanmon

      Just read your mother’s recollection.  My wife and her family lived at 40 Sandringham Road and she remembers the day very well.  Her mother was at Faircross shopping and she heard that the V2 has landed in Mayesbrook Park.  Naturally she was very worried about her family until she arrived home.  Your mother is absolutely right that had it not been for the soft soil of Mayesbrook Park the story for many people would have been very different.  

  • http://undefined Donmoggs

    For the first time since having a computer I looked up V2 rockets on London and when I studied the map was surprised to see that the rocket that fell opposite my parents’ house in Bush Hill Park, Enfield, was not shown, although it seems a question mark had been put in its place.

    I can assure you the rocket did fall on 3rd January 1945. I had just returned from Canada where I had some months earlier been commissioned as a pilot in the RCAF. Before leaving Canada I had seen the station padre to get permission to marry when I got back to England and January 3rd was the day my fiancee had arranged for the marriage.I arrived home the night before and had pressed my uniform and hung it on a picture rail in our front room to air as that room had had a fire the previous day.

    We had just had breakfast and my mother and sister were in the scullery at the back of the house washing up and I had joined them to polish my shoes. All of a sudden everything went black and sparks flew from electrical fittings and plaster dust fell from the ceiling, followed immediately by a tremendous noise. My mother and sister screamed and grabbed hold of me, we of course knew what had happened and a few seconds later when I saw they were all right I ran to the front and through the door, I didn’t notice it was not there, and into the street. It was deathly quiet except for crying coming from one of the houses opposite and I ran over and straight up the stairs, there was no door and sparks were flying as I passed. A lady in the bathroom was calling out for her child, I tried the door but it was jammed, so I ran into where i could hear a child crying and in the middle of a bed covered with ceiling and plaster dust sat a little girl with tears running down her face clearing away the dirt and dust. I grabbed her, shouted to the mother that I had her and she was fine and I would be back and started down the stairs. Two men passed me on the stairs and I told them the mother was in the bathroom. As I went out into the street it had all come alive with people rushing around. I took the little girl over to my mother’s house and left her there and went out again to help where I could. The rocket had fallen into the garden immediately opposite our house on a corner plot of the road opposite.

    When I saw there was nothing much else I could do, ARP, ambulances etc had begun to arrive, I went back in doors to see the state of our house. Most of the roof had gone and all windows and most frames had been blown out. What was left of the breakfast things on the table in the front room were no longer there having disappeared out of the window. But to my surprise my uniform was still fixed to the picture rail but instead of an officer blue RAF uniform there was this grey/white thing hanging on the wall. I examined it and found it was undamaged. I was due to be at All Saints church in Church Street, Edmonton, around lunch time (I really cannot remember the time and I have no one to ask now as most are dead).

    Some time later that morning my fiancee’s brother came to the house on his bicycle. They had seen the smoke from the explosion and the bush telegraph had told them the rocket had fallen over near Bush Hill Park station, which was no more than sixty a seventy yards from our house. In those days practically no one had telephones but it was surprising the speed at which news travelled. I assured the caller that I would try and get to the church and soon after my best man arrived by train from Enfield, the next station down the line – again the bush telegraph had worked. I went back to his house in Enfield and we worked on my uniform – how we got to the church I don’t remember, but we did. I forgot to mention that my father was at work – he was an engine driver on the LNER and I never saw him until after the wedding. Neither of my parents came to the wedding but my sister did. The wedding took place and four of my RAF colleagues turned up. The recption was held at a small place in Wnchmore Hill.

    My wife cancelled the week’s honeymoon she had arranged bu we decided we would spend the first night in the hotel she had booked in London – a big mistake! It was The Hotel Russell in Russell Square and all night there were explosions and ambulances and fire engines rushing around.

    An aunt of my wife moved out of her flat in Church Street, Edmonton to allow us to spend our leave there. My wife had been evacuated from the City in 1940 to the countryside in Bedfordshire with her company and only came home from time to time.

    I telephoned Air Ministry and told them what had happened and they gave me an extra week’s leave to help my parents clear up. I also got extra leave for a young WAAF who lived a few doors from us.

    I always say the rocket did perhaps help to save my life as when I returned to my station in England my colleagues had all been posted and were soon on operations whereas I was an odd bod and posted close by to Hatfield and then overseas to the Middle East where I was again lucky.

    I am now nearly 89 – my first wife died in 1973, 28 years after we were married, our son is 55.

    I married again and have a second son now 34, I live in Surrey.

    Don Moggs
    27th September, 2010.

  • http://undefined janet

    I read The comment written by George Mitchell about his dad Ernie and brother Frederick. These men were also my grandfather and uncle. George I’m your brother Ernie’s daughter Janet, do you remember me. I was browsing the net when I found all this information on what had happened to grandad, my dad also called Ernie had not long walked away from his dad and you brothers when the V2 hit. Dad was just 14 when his dad died and only six months before his mum had also died of cancer. It was a terrible time for all of you.

    • http://undefined George

      Hi Janet

      This is Trish Mitchell, George’s daughter-in-law. Please email me at: trish55@bigpond.net.au so as we can have a chat. George says he does remember you. Look forward to hearing from you.

  • http://undefined Graham Hall

    Re the possible V2 strike near Hackney Downs Station. This took place on 14 Feb 1945 and it landed between Sigdon Road and Dalston Lane. My parents were bombed out of 47 Sigdon Road in this attack and were compensated £324 for the damage to their property (contents not the building!) – i still have the claim and confirmation of payment. I went to Hackney Archives yesterday and had located the site, date and a photograph within minutes.

    • Augusta Markle

      Dear Graham, I just found your postings online about the Sigdon Road bombings. I am quite excited as I grew up to age 11 at number 45 Sigdon Road and attended the school across the street. We moved out of number 45 some time in 1940 I took a bus down Dalston Lane or Road which passed the end of Sigdon Road late in 1945. Imagine my surprise when I tried to point out my house to the friend with me and saw only a part back wall with wallpaper stripped in places and waving in the wind. I was speechless and people on the bus laughed at me. I attended the school where the playground was, across the road from my front door. I am only now discovering the history of that area. I would like to know how to contact you by email. Please tell me how to do this as I could tell you more about Sigdon Road in the early 1900′s.
      Augusta Markle (nee Davis)

      • Graham Hall

        Augusta

        I was only born in 1949 so never lived in Sigdon Road.  My only sibling was my Brother, born in April 1944, so he was in the house when the explosion took place – but clearly wouldn’t remember any of it!
        You can contact me at ga.hall@ntlworld.com, but bear in mind I know next to nothing about the area then.

      • Tommytom

        Re;-article by Augusta Markle. Your comments seem to say that we moved into your house at No41 after you moved out. My family Mum Dad, Sister and brother all lived there when it was hit by a V2 rocket on 14th February 1945. ( beat that for a Valantines Day present from Heer Hitler). If you intercept this mail a posted reply would be the cherry on the cake.

      • Tommytom

        Re;-article by Augusta Markle. Your comments seem to say that we moved into your house at No41 after you moved out. My family Mum Dad, Sister and brother all lived there when it was hit by a V2 rocket on 14th February 1945. ( beat that for a Valantines Day present from Heer Hitler). If you intercept this mail a posted reply would be the cherry on the cake.

    • Augusta Markle

      Dear Graham, I just found your postings online about the Sigdon Road bombings. I am quite excited as I grew up to age 11 at number 45 Sigdon Road and attended the school across the street. We moved out of number 45 some time in 1940 I took a bus down Dalston Lane or Road which passed the end of Sigdon Road late in 1945. Imagine my surprise when I tried to point out my house to the friend with me and saw only a part back wall with wallpaper stripped in places and waving in the wind. I was speechless and people on the bus laughed at me. I attended the school where the playground was, across the road from my front door. I am only now discovering the history of that area. I would like to know how to contact you by email. Please tell me how to do this as I could tell you more about Sigdon Road in the early 1900′s.
      Augusta Markle (nee Davis)

    • Tommy Thomas

      Hi Graheme Lost my first mail to you but have tried again. Your artical on the rocket attack on Sigdon Road found that you lived next door to me at my address of 45 Sigdon Road as a kid of my parents a Mr and Mrs Thomas. I have some time back obtained photo’s of the damage to my house and it is very sad to see my parents place so devestated. The died many years back and would have loved to see the recorded damage. My sadist memory of this item is that over the years as a paper boy I collected many items of shrapnel and nose cones from anti aircrfat shells all of these were lost in the house destruction. My Dad and Sister were injured and taken to I believe the German Hospital in Dalston for medical attention. As far as I can recall the only fatality was the school caretaker. We moved back to the Lewis Flats at 118 wher we also lived before at No117. An even more coincidence the artical by Augusta Markle appears that she lived at my address in the 40′s, she may even remember the teachers names of Mr Carr or Miss Little?? By a strange coincidence later in my working life I was employed by the de-Havilland Aircraft Company as a draftsman and would you believe on the “Blue Streak” ballistic missile. A follow up of the V2. Hoping to see a reply on the
      Web Regards Tom Thomas

  • http://undefined Graham Hall

    Further to my comment on the Hackney Downs station v2, I was in Hackney archive again today and found a V2 site you haven’t mapped. This link confirms the facts:- http://www.hackney.gov.uk/Assets/Documents/haggerston-history-leaflet.pdf The site of the explosion was on the north east edge of the gas holder shown in the map shown in the link. I suspect it went up in a big way because the damage to the north and east of the site was very extensive.

    Re the question mark on the Holly Street , Hackney explosion. The Bomb map shows a V2 impact in Woodland Street on the South side of the junction with Forest Road. Forest Road still exists but Woodland Road doesn’t which might explain why its difficult to confirm and pinpoint.

    The Hackney Downs Station bomb on 14 Feb 1945, about 10PM, landed in the playground of the school. My parents lived in no 47 Sigdon Road, which was the 3rd house along from the station end, on the east side of the road. Unfortunately there were no houses on the other side (which would have backed onto the playground had they existed) so no 47 took the blast full on and, although left standing, had to be demolished later.

    • Tommytom

      Hi Re the V2 bombing in Sigdon Road Hackney, I wrote a few days ago as I must have been neighbours although I don’t remember any names from that time I most probably was out all day collecting shrapnel or scrumping. Do you remember my family the Thomas’s If you do intercept this mail perhaps you can scribe a note on this site. Thanks in anticipation

      • Graham Hall

        Tommy

        As i responded to Augusta above, I was only born in 1949 so know nothing from that time or the people there.  My mother lived to 101 and 3 months, so I can take comfort from the fact that these terrible events can hardly be said to have shortened her life!  I’m sure that there aren’t too many who could make that claim.

  • http://undefined Graham Hall

    IT seems this is a reference to the Forest Road / woodland street explosion i mentioned in the previous comment. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarflondondunc/3749177044/

  • http://undefined Graham Hall
  • Brian Rapier

    V1 and V2 Strikes on Sparrows Lane and Avery Hill Road, SE9
    I became 7 years old on 24th August 1944. At the time I was living at my parent’s house 21 Sparrows Lane, New Eltham SE9 with my mother and her younger sister. My father had been captured by the Japanese by the surrender of the Java garrison in March 1942, and had been killed in action at sea on 20th June 1944 while being transported to Japan, but we did not know that until November 1945.
    VI Strikes
    Sometimes we stayed with my grandparents in Sidcup Road, and had decided to stay on one extra night because it was some sort of anniversary. That was lucky because a V1 struck on the allotments directly behind No 19 during the early evening. It must have been late August because my aunt was about to collect her crop of onions which were vapourized in the blast. Also vapourized was our garden shed which had contained house paint stored for my grandfather who had a building business. The rear of the houses had little spots of paint all over. . . our house was badly damaged but did not collapse, however an internal wall crushed my bed which was downstairs. We had to move out while the house was repaired but did move back in before the end of the war. Probably my two grandfathers did the work.
    My cousin lived at 5 Cradley Road with her mother and baby brother, and remembers a V1 coming down very close and landing in the gardens between Cradley Road and Sidewood Road. They were uninjured but a baby in one of the other houses died in the blast.
    V2 Strike
    Later on in 1944 or 1945 I was standing in the back garden in front of the shelter looking north east and saw “something” fall very quickly straight down. It produced a huge explosion so was obviously a V2. My aunt, who was a warden on duty, recollects it was around 5 or 6 on cold evening and fell on houses on the east side of Avery Hill Road north of the Cradley Road junction. She is certain that was the only V2 strike she saw on her patch. Her warden post was in Cradley Road near the Kent boundary
    COMMENT
    The V2 strike shown “ March 6, 1945, 1 Dead. (Mr W.N. Brown) Source: Wo” is the spot behind Sparrows Lane where my aunt is adamant a V1, not a V2, came down in late August 1944. The crater was closer to the houses about 10 metres from the rear fence line, in line with the boundary between 17 and 19. I wonder if this record is actually the strike on Avery Hill Road. It would fit if it was in the evening. I will try to find where Mr.W.N.Brown was living.

    • Sue Jones

      My daughter is studying WW2 and the blitz at school so I have been telling her about how her great aunt was killed by V1 bombing of Lewisham Hospital, how her great grandfather was tram conductor and narrowly missed being killed by V2 bombing of Woolworths in New Cross Road and how her grandfather (my dad) went to Sandhurst School which was bombed in 1943 but luckily he’d already left the school by then as he was 16. I was born in 1963 so long after these events but my dad and grandparents talked about them sometimes. But speaking about these things just now reminded me of another story which is why I’m replying specifically to you. I grew up in Sidewood Road and one of our neighbours was an elderly lady who was always particularly friendly to me but always seemed sad. I remember asking my mum why she was sad and she told me that the lady had hidden under her table holding her baby when a bomb fell but that the blast had killed the baby. She said the lady had never got over the loss of her baby. This is the baby you mention for sure as Sidewood Road is only a small road. The houses next door to ours were all bomb damaged and you could see very clearly which houses had had to have part of their structures rebuilt as the designs were slightly different. I have always remembered the sad lady though. The gardens on our side of the road are 100ft long and the gardens behind Cradley road are probably only about 50ft so casualties could have been much worse if gardens were smaller. Just noticed your note about a Mr Brown underneath – I have a feeling the lady’s name might have been Mrs Brown – nobody ever called anyone by their first names in our street then!

  • Paul Harding

    Sandy Lane Teddington.
    I can confirm that a V2 did land on part of the gas works on Sandy Lane. I was about two and a half at the time and was apparently blown out of my cot right across the front bedroom of 16 Bushy Park Road where my grandparents lived. As this was several hundred yards from the impact it must have caused a lot of local damage. It’s worth noting that Eisenhower’s Allied HQ was in the southern end of Bushy Park, just over the wall from the gas works, so it only just missed a very important target. I can remember the gas works was up and running again in 1947/8 as I used to go with my grandfather to collect bags of coke for the kitchen stove at No 16.

  • Richardwhitten

    You’ve missed out the V2 strike on Days Lane, Sidcup. I remember the strike and the devastation after. I was 4 1/2yrs old. Richard Whitten, La Romieu, France.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Richard. Days Lane looks to be very long on the map. Can you indicate more precisely where the rocket fell, and I’ll add it to the map.

  • John Healey2

    A V2 landed in Mapleton Rd, off Brick Lane, Enfield sometime in 1945. The ARP stated the site erroneously as Mapleton Cres. (off Hoe Lane). It is well documented by Enfield Historic Society and they have a photo of the damage. I lived not far from the blast, at 32 Brick lane, at the time and was five years old.
    Regards from John Healey

  • Alan. m

    does anyone have any information or memories of the V2 that landed more-or-less at the top of Orchard Hill, Lewisham?

  • Fred Brewer.

    Have just been looking at the very interesting V1-V2 map. A V1 came down in Dennis Park Crescent SW20, not far from the junction with Toynbee Road. A house was destroyed, and a great number of properties over a wide area were severely damaged, including the house I lived in, in Lower Downs Road (41). I was 16 at the time, and at work. I don’t know about casualties, but in the late morning, there must have been several people about. Another V1 hit the railway line, near the bridge that crosses West Barnes Lane, Raynes Park, SW20. I was first on the spot, the only casualty that I know of was a man with serious leg injuries. Both bombs fell in 1944, mid year.
    Regards, Fred Brewer. fwbrewer@gmail.com Bishops Cleeve, Glos.

  • ET

    My Mum’s house was hit by a V2 in Feb 1945 in Ilford. I will try to get more info and post it soon. Mum is now 84.

  • ET

    Further to my ealier post, I don’t see this one on your map so here are the details I managed to get from my Mum. A V2 Rocket destroyed her house in Audrey Road, Ilford on 20th February 1945. It landed at the rear of Ilford Ltd in the area of Roden Street and Audrey Road.
    Leading Aircraftman FRANK SAPSED (1438301) was my Aunt’s fiancee, and was killed. He had recently returned from India and on a visit to my Aunt Edna suffered a bout of Malaria. He was too ill to return home so had bedded down on the sofa. My aunt had just left the house to get him some medicine and was a few hundred yards up the road when the V2 rocket exploded and completely destroyed house which was in Audrey Road, Ilford. Frank was buried in the rubble along with my Nan (Nellie Morris) and my cousin Geoffrey. Frank was killed but my Nan and cousin were rescued alive from the wreckage some hours later. This was front page news in the national newspapers. My Mum, who is now 84 tells me this was the last V2 to fall on London. (Don’t know if that’s true). Frank is buried in what was known as The Chase Cemetery (now known as Eastbrookend Cemetery) in Dagenham, Essex.
    When Mum visited his grave many years ago it had a simple wooden cross with his details on it. My sister visited yesterday and it is now marked with a white engraved headstone, presumably provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as his details appear on their web site.

    • Gcweir

      ET,
      At last, a reference to Ilford!  We had the most V2′s , I think. Over forty landed within the Borough. I remember the one at Ilford Ltd as I was cycling past the Fire Station in Ley Street when it hit, and stopped to photograph as two fire engines tore out and with the smoke from the rocket in the background. Unfortunately what would have been a dramatic picture got lost before I could get it developed.
      For the record, this was not the last V2 to fall, especially in Ilford.As part of my job I took it upon myself to map every V1 and V2 in Ilford with date and exact lovation. Two copies of this map are in the History Section at the Central Library.
      Graeme.

  • Davidireland

    Church on Broadmead Road, Woodford Green was hit and demolished by a rocket – fairly sure it was V2 – at the very end of the war, I believe.

    David

  • Gcweir

    In 1944/5 as part of my job I compiled two copies of a map showing the exact location and date of every V1 and V2 which landed within the Borough of Ilford.  These maps are held in the Local History department at the library in Ilford.  
    I’ve only just found this webpage, and found it interesting but short of Ilford items. Ilford had over 40 V2 rockets – more than any other borough.

    • Anonymous

       Thanks for this excellent comment (I put the map together). Yes, the map is patchy for much of east London, including Ilford, as I’ve not yet been able to get hold of the information. I’ll make an effort to get over to Ilford some time and see your work of all those years ago.

    • Anonymous

       Thanks for this excellent comment (I put the map together). Yes, the map is patchy for much of east London, including Ilford, as I’ve not yet been able to get hold of the information. I’ll make an effort to get over to Ilford some time and see your work of all those years ago.

  • Paul

     I have an original wartime press photograph from the USA.  It shows a number of firemen dealing with the effects of a V2.  On the back there are some details about the V2 and the place is given as “a little South England residential town.” The photo is dated 16th November 1944.  Does anyone know where this might be?

    • Andrew Walker

      16th November 1944 was relatively quiet so assuming we can rule out Islington and Bethnal Green, the best (least worst?) match is to Colliers Wood Road in Romford. Could 1944 Romford have been described as a little residential town? Maybe! Note my records are based on the list of civilian war dead – it is possible your photo is of an incident where thankfully nobody died.

      • Hilary Walker

        Hello Andrew – no relation, just coincidence! I lived in Collier ROW, Romford (b.1962!), never heard of a Colliers Wood in the area but I could be wrong. A bit of googling led me to this: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RomfordHistory/message/3017 – the date coincides. (Sorry no time to research or write more now, going on holiday tomorrow and haven’t packed yet!) Anybody interested in WW2 – most readers I guess – may like to check out the web site I created for my dad – http://staceysimkins.ucoz.com/ – ex-Collier Row and east London. He’s 89 next week which is why I’m flying from wet but warm Spain to the UK!

        • Andrew Walker

          Hilary
          You are exactly right, even in my source it is Collier Row Lane. My only defence is that my browser does not cope well with the Londonist.com website and typing a message can take 15 minutes and 4-5 tries! I think I lost my train of thought along the way.
          Enjoy Spain & thanks for the link to the website.
          Andrew

  • SUBMole

    (08.48 hours), Batt. 2./485, Den Haag, Bloemendaal, V-2 rocket fired, Impact: Northlands Road (now Northlands Pavement, SS13 3DX) Pitsea, Essex.7th October, 1944 (launched from the Hague)

    Nearly did for my Dad.

  • Graham Hall

    Mat

    Re the Holly Street, Dalston question mark.  Some months ago I posted details of where this stike actually was.  It was at the junction of Woodland street (a road that ran parallel to Holly Street to the west) and Forest Road.  A public library on the site was destroyed and two employees killed.  I’ve found and old map of the area and can confirm that the nearest equivalent to Woodland Street is Celandine Drive.  The original Woodland Street ran from Richmond Road in the south to Dalston Lane in the North, wheras Celandine Drive runs from Middleton Road in the south to Forest Road in the North.  It is though, indisputably, the same road.  Perhaps you’d like to update the map accordingly?

    regards Graham Hall

    PS thank you for updating Sigdon Road/Hackney Downs Station and the Haggerston Gas Works sites, per my other posts.

  • Martin Rose

    I’m interested in a V2 that hit on Vallance Rd in Londons east end around June 6th/44 or 45 landing on an appartment building. Any info at all.                    Martin Rose

  • Graham Hall

    Martin

    Do you mean this one?
    “The last V2 to land on London hit Hughes Mansions, Vallance Road, Stepney. It
    was during the time of the Jewish Passover. 134 innocent civilians were killed.
    The date was 27th March 1945 at 7.20.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/87/a1318187.shtml

  • Graham Hall
  • Graham Hall
    • Anonymous

      Thanks Graham. Yes, Antwerp was hit more than anywhere else, I think. 

  • Graham Hall

    Matt

    Regarding my earlier post on the Holly Street, Dalston ? mark.  I realise now that Celandine Drive doesn’t run as far as I thought it did, and the old Woodland Street is now called Forest Grove.  The V2 strike on the library was therefore at the junction of the now Forest Grove and the still existing Forest Road.

    On the shoreditch park site, salisbury street no 18a is the site – according to the museum of London.  However your bomb mark is on the line of dorchester street, whereas Salisbury Street ran south of but parallel to Dorchester Street.  Salisbury Street met Bridport place at the junction with the still existing  Grange Street.

    My family lived in and around Hackney for many years, and my mother in law still does.  If you need anything verifying I can probably do that for you, given a reasonable timeframe – say 21 days.

  • Barry Newman

    My father, Roy Newman (now 78) recalls a V2 landing on Packards on the Great West Road, Isleworth. Packards had been a car manufacturer prior to the war, but was a munitions factory in wartime. Thus, despite there apparently being heavy loss of life, there was little or no reporting of the incident at the time.

    This blog seems to confirm the incident: http://felthaminww2.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html 

    My father thinks the date was Sept 44. He also recalls the Stavely Road bomb (his school was on the same road)

    • Andrew Walker

      Barry, this was a major V2 incident with at least 34 dead, 33 at Packards and one at a neighbouring factory. However the date was a bit later than your father recalls, 21st March 1945. The last V2 fell less than one week laterled “Hitler’s Rockets” by Norman Longmate, pages 304-306 and then 339. Staveley Road, which was the first V2, was on 8th September 1944.

  • Mikanmon

    What an interesting website.  Had no idea such information was available. Was hoping to find more information on the V2 that fell in East Ham in New City Road at the junction of Tunmarsh Lane, Humberstone Road, Boundary Road, Lonsdale Avenue and Lichfield Road.  My grandfather lived at No 1 Lichfield Road and had stayed home from work unwell that day in March 1945. He was sleeping in the armchair with his Cocker Spaniel on his lap when the blast hit. It took rescuers and family over 15 hours to find him and dig him out, still alive. The family put his survival down to his loyal canine absorbing some of the impact from falling debris.  I was 8 years old at the time and my mother told me that it was impossible to seperate the streets as the whole area was a mass of rubble………..

    • Andrew Walker

      Your grandfather was certainly lucky. At least ten people died around breakfast time on 8th March 1945, 6 in Boundary Road and 4 in Lichfield Road (at numbers 2 and 4). Look for a book called “London’s East End Survivors” by Andrew Bissell and on pages 213-214 a lady whose mother was killed at 2 Lichfield Road gives her memories; there are pictures of her family on page 215. A few hours after this V2 landed another one fell in Smithfield Market.
      Best wishes
      Andrew

  • Jill Holmes

    My mother wrote in a letter to my father who was in the RAF in the Middle East at the time that a V2 rocket fell between Bagshot Road and Park Avenue, Bush Hill Park on 3rd January 1945. She was on leave from the ATS at the time in nearby Melbourne Way which suffered considerable damage. The Enfield Borough Council site has a time line of events in Bush Hill Park during the war and notes that many properties were damaged with 29 casualties, eighteen of which were serious.

  • John Walker

    A V2 landed at the end of Woodland St, Hackney, on January 4, 1945 at about 10:00am. I was living at No 10 at the time, my grandparents lived at No 6. The blast damaged houses for several streets in every direction and as far as I know the area was demolished after WWII and Woodland St no longer exists. I’m sorry I haven’t had time to do more research on this event, but I do have a list of V2 launchings, one of which (from a small village in Holland) coincides with this.

  • John Walker

    Just realised that my Woodland St. V2 of Jan 4, 1945 is the same one reported by Graham Hall above.

    • Graham Hall

      Glad to of been of assistance John.  Here’s hoping that Matt will update the map sometime soon!

      • John Walker

        Cheers Graham – but I need to add a correction. My mother would tell anybody who would listen that the V2 landed on Dalston Library at 4:04 pm on Jan 4, 1945. Because the library was a substantial concrete buildin the blast spread horizontally and demolished houses in every direction. She also said about 200 people were killed, of which 82 were schoolchildren assembled either in or near the library. She frequently mentioned a Sunday School trip for the children, but I’m not sure now how this figures in with the rest of the story.
        I vividly remember being dug out of the ruins of our house and seeing Woodland Street full of strange vehicles with red crosses on them being driven over piles of roofing slates.. I only recently discovered that these were American ambulances. 

  • Mike Rowden

    I
    was born and lived at 221 East End Road, opposite the junctiom to Abbots Gdns Finchley, North London in January17 1938 and my sister
    April 25 1939 so my recollections of the war are limited to the closing phase.

    On November 151944 . Pauline and I had
    come home from school as usual, and Mum told us that if we behaved ourselves we
    would have tea in the front room in front of the fire and she would tell us a
    story. Now we were classic siblings and were always looking to annoy each other
    and that day was no exception and eventually Mum could take it no longer and we
    were confined to have tea in the kitchen at the back of the house, mainly in
    silence.

    About
    halfway through the meal there was an enormous explosion, the front of the
    Ideal boiler bounced up and down, the front door had been blown down the
    corridor to collide with the kitchen door 
    and all the windows in the front were blown in, but the three of us were
    thankfully uninjured.

     

    A
    v2 had landed about a quarter of a mile away, the houses in between had taken
    the brunt of the damage but the house was damaged, roof tiles slipped but as
    far as I remember mainly inhabitable. As a six year old I was terrified and
    apparently fled next door as my mother went outside to see the gathering
    mushroom cloud.  Later reports noted four
    deaths and of course several injured, one later I learned was the wife of my
    future choir master who was blinded.  I
    cannot remember where we spent the night but I had two sets of grandparents
    living not far away,

     

    Later
    when my mother examined the lounge, our front room, the piano that was facing
    the windows was peppered with shards of glass. 
    Had we all been sitting in front of the fire as originally planned we
    could have been severely injured by the blast or flying glass.

     

    I
    have often thought that as we were quarrelsome and mischievous children we
    escaped intact.

     

  • Glenn

    There was a large crater just to the east of the housing estate in South Ockendon next to where the M25 is now being widened. I used to play in it as a boy when my friends and I would throw straw in it ( it was in a farmers field) after the wheat had been harvested and jump in it. It`s long since been filled in but I wonder if any remains have been uncovered by the motoway widening works

  • Alant izzard

    Hi Glenn

    Sadly well outside my area of Welling those days in Kent but just maybe some one will surface and comment… Good luck Alan

  • Alant izzard

    I’m still trying to find some one familiar with an incident well two incidents really a V2 at the London end of Northumberland Avenue Welling on the 23rd Dec 1944 and another nearby when a V1 soft landed and ran along the south embankment of Southern Railway line coming to rest by the waiting room of Falconwood Station with out exploding. The 23rd Dec V2 blew me across a room as I was taking my sick mother in bed a cup of tea… oh what eventfull days.

    • Andrew Walker

      Alan

      Two people died in the V2 incident, Blanche Mackenzie aged 43 at number 226, and Florence Moore, aged 61 and from Bermondsey, who may have been staying with relations. The civilian war dead list says Mrs Moore was injured at number 22 but it seems likely to me that this is an error and it should have been a house number beginning with 2, like 226.
      Andrew

  • Hardingdg

    There was a V-2 strike on the Southgate Road, Potters Bar in 1945.  I was close by at the time and one of the 21 killed was a classmate;
    http://ww2db.com/event/today/1/20/

     

    20 Jan 1945

    §  Three German V-2 rocket hit London, England, United
    Kingdom. The first hit Potters Bar at 1100 hours, killing
    21. The second hit Calton Road in East Barnet at
    1315 hours, killing 12. The third hit Tottenham at 2000 hours, killing 23.

  • Anonymous

    Hi – I’m the person who compiled this map. I just wanted to thank everyone for contributing their stories and information in the comments section. It’s wonderful to see people getting in touch with each other through this article.

    I haven’t updated the map for a while, due to other time commitments, but I’ll make an effort to add the new information soon.

    There is a limit to the number of points a Google map will display. If you don’t see the V2 incident you remember in the map above, click ‘view larger map’ beneath. This will load up the original map. Here, at the bottom of the left-hand pane, you’ll find that the map is split over 2 pages. Click the ’2′, to see further impact sites. I’ve tried to fix it so that the most destructive impacts are on page 1, while page 2 shows mostly impacts in fields and water, or those outside of London.

    Of course, there are still many impact sites that aren’t on the map, as I’ve not been able to track down reliable information to add them to the map.

    Thanks again for reading and contributing to this ongoing project.

    Matt Brown
    Editor, Londonist.com

    • Mark nichols

      dear matt
      i’m writing to you to ask if you have any information on st paul’s church in barking
      any information would be most grateful cause i am trying to get the history of the site for the volunteer bureau so we can tell what happened to the church and its history. all i know it was bombed in 1942.
      so any information to: bardagvb@hotmail.co.uk  tel: 020 8532 7345    Mark
      the site is now the Ripple Centre

    • Robinpimlott

      Great site and very informative and it’s good to get peoples memories written down, as the number of people who actually rember these things is dwindling.

      Just to add something to the site my step father recalls visting his father in London who was based there during the war working on the railway.  He says about two miles out of St Pancreas station, while riding on the train a V2 landed near by in some sidings and blew in most of the windows on the train.  He recalls that the train was able to limp on to the station where the not so badly injured were  asked to stay on the train untill they removed the more serious cases. 

      Thankfully he was not hurt badly and was able to meet his father.  he would have been about 14 at the time and had previously avoided being killed in Derby when bombed out of the family home, which killed some one in the oposite house.

      Keep up the good work and if anyone knows anything more about the above strike please let me know as I’d love to pass it on to my step father.

      Robin Pimlott

  • Martin Watson

    My great grandfather Frederick James Watson was killed by a V2 at the Council Yard, Staines Road, Hounslow on 17 July 1944. If anyone has any more info I’d be really interested.

    • MattFromLondonist

      Martin – this date is too early to have been a V2 attack, the first was fired in September 1944. Perhaps it was a V1 instead?

  • Joseph Chadwick

    A rocket that fell in Mayplace Avenue, Crayford and killed half of the Illott family. They are buried in the cemetary at St. Paulinus Church in Crayford. The date will be recorded on their shared tombstone. Joe Chadwick. Melbourne, Australia.

  • nickluft

    I thought you might be interested in this exhibition “Mapping the London Blitz”, at the London Metropolitan Archive.  Started September and ends 23 Dec

    “In the midst of the devastation caused by the Blitz, the LCC created a series of maps to record where rockets fell and which buildings were damaged during the bombing raids.  The maps graphically illustrate the destruction of many streets, houses, factories and shops and provide an essential record for understanding the chaos and turmoil faced by Londoners just seventy years ago.  Taking the damage recorded on the maps as a starting point, this exhibition will present a number of other sources from the archives to reveal the experience of life in London during the Blitz.”

    Free

    http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/Events/Events+-+October+2011.htm

  • Walker

    I remember the V2 falling on Leyton Marshes distinctly. We lived in Dudlington Road, Hackney, Just a matter of yards away on the other side of Latham’s timber yard. My cousin from New Zealand and four of his shipmates from the NZ navy were visiting us and my mum was making dinner when a huge explosion blasted two of our windows in and threw the front door wide open. One of the sailors, in an effort to protect me pushed me under the table, but his aim was bad and I hit my head on the heavy table leg causing a big bump.  Mud from the marshes was caked on a large part of the area. My cousin Charlie ran to the site and found a bright, shiny, still warm dial from the rocket complete with Germanic lettering on it. Thakfully no one was killed

  • Trishakavanagh

    My great grandfather was killed by a V2 rocket while walking down Clapham High Street.  He lived a short while but died of his injuries.  I am not sure of the date but the only rocket hit listed for Clapham at that time shows no deaths.

  • Marty

    Re: The Archway (Highgate) V2 Rocket attack. This happened before I was born but the story I was told from my parents and elder siblings was that this bomb fell on a bonfire night in 1944 around 5pm. There is now a block of flats called Bowerman Court which are situated between St. John’s Way and Grovedale Road. The bomb landed by  a house hosting a young girl’s 5th birthday party. Needless to say, they were all wiped out. My Father was home on leave and was inside our  house (opposite) with my Mother and my older Brother, then a babe in arms. My Mother had just brought him from the front room to the rear of the house (Kitchen) and laid him in a cot. My father was reading the paper and the next thing he knew was my Mother crying out “My Baby, My Baby” and a hissing sound and completed darkness. A young ARP boy was dragging him out over rubble. There were light’s set up in the street (Grovedale Rd) and there were bodies covered over. They brought my elder brother out, (the baby) covered in soot. The corner house, which was the end of the terrace and very large, with an airy, was completely demolished and was a bomb ruin until the 70′s. My Father had family in Somer’s Town (St Pancras) and his brother was coming to Sunday Tea that early evening. He was told by the ARP’s that everybody along that stretch of terraced houses had perished. He in turn went home and told my Grandparent’s that the whole family was wiped out. It was a miracle that they survived. Day’s after they returned to the house to find several of the terraced houses had no front’s ,roofs, 1 st floor’s  or facing wall’s but the dado rails were still connected to the few vertical wall’s that were left standing.They were free standing. No brick’s behind, just joined from one wall to the other at about 6 ft. high. When the bomb landed, the blast blew off our kitchen door and this straddled the cot which held my Brother.He was buried but miraculously unharmed. My Father was reading the Sunday paper at the time and my Mother was standing in front of Him brushing her hair in a mirror over the fireplace. A gas meter had been blown from it’s bracket up the hall down the passage passing through the kitchen between my Mum’s face and the mirror and embedding itself in the wall next to my father’s chair which he was sitting. The glass from the kitchen window had blown in and shard’s of glass had embedded themselves in the mirror. How they weren’t touched by the glass and gas meter is a miracle.They knew of all this, as they visited the sight in daylight a few day’s later and could see the extent of the damage,  And those poor rioter’s have had it hard, Bless. 

    • Andrew Walker

      Marty
      I am trying to piece together what happened at Grovedale Road and the surrounding streets – please can you get in touch? My e-mail address is andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk.
      Best wishes
      Andrew

  • EssexBoy71

    This webpage is very interesting! Truly a living history! I’m very sorry for those losses documented here and the tragedy of war which touched so many around the world in those times. I hope more people reach this page and either add to the record or read and learn from it. God bless you all!

  • Anonymous

    I have become fascinated by the stories both on this exchange,  but also the narrative of the map itself.  I believe that my grandmother (and her boyfriend) were two of the five killed in the Battersea Park V2 explosion on the 21st of November 1944.  I have read an account of the memories of the toy shop husband and wife killed during this attack- which were so touching on  http://www.flyingbombsandrockets.com/.  Just wondered if anybody else has any information/memories or connections to this event.  My grandmother was called Alice Quiggley or perhaps Gardner.  I don’t know the name of her boyfriend., but think that they both worked in the local cinema together and were in bed at the time the rocket hit the house.   
    Thanks

  • Alan

    Hi, I’m trying to research family history and would be grateful for any help with the V-weapons strikes in west Greenwich, especially that on Morden Terrace school in December 1944, as I can’t find any details about this incident. Likewise that in Brookmill Road. Could anyone remembering these incidents or with information please get in touch. Thanks.
    Alan

    • Andrew Walker

      Alan,
      I can’t link either street name to December 1944.  From CWGC list of civilian war dead I can see people from Brookmill Road dying in hospital on 22nd July and 27th July 1944, but of course this would be too early for a V2.  One of the people who died at Greenwich Church Street on 24th January 1945 lived in Brookmill Road.
      I can’t find any mention of Morden Terrace at all in CWGC.
      If you can give me any more information about either incident I can search again.
      Best wishes
      Andrew

  • James Harley

    Axminster Road – 13th January 1945 – 48 dead

    In
    the early hours of the freezing Saturday morning, 13th January 1945,

    an SS
    Major supervised his Group North
    V2 fuelling platoon

    hidden
    in a clearing of a wood in Holland near the city
    of Nijmegen

    close to the German border.  They were operating from a secluded spot

    in
    the forest, providing as much camouflage as possible from

    prowling
    Allied fighter aircraft.  The detonating platoon then

    raised
    the Rocket vertically on the firing table, aligned its electronics,

    set
    the gyros and armed the weapon.  From the
    time the rocket was

    fuelled
    to when it was fired took 90 minutes. 
    The officer gave

    the
    order for the first V2 to be fired that day at 5.57am.  Its

    destination
    was the North London area. 

     

    At that moment, aged 2years 9 months, I was
    asleep in bed with my mother at our home on the ground floor of a house at 121,
    Axminster Road,
    Islington, North London.  My father was in Northern Italy serving in
    the British Eighth Army, having landed in Salerno
    from North Africa some months earlier, later fighting at Monte Cassino
    and by this date, nearing Milan.

     

    Two minutes after leaving Holland, the rocket impacted in
    the rear gardens of houses opposite and the roof and upper floors of our home
    crashed down upon us. Although still an infant I can vaguely
    remember being held by my mother and an axe head coming through a door.  After being freed and receiving remedial
    treatment we were evacuated to relatives in Herefordshire where we stayed until
    1947 when my father was demobbed and our home rebuilt.

     

    The houses opposite were totally destroyed and many years later replaced
    by a large block of flats – now known as Bennett Court. My mother was greatly affected by this tragedy, following
    as it did an earlier “near miss with death” when the Maternity Home where I was
    born was destroyed during the Blitz shortly after she had taken me home.  Superficially Mother’s main concerns and
    anguish were based upon the loss of all her wedding presents which had been
    stolen by looters, probably members of the Auxiliary Fire Service who rescued
    us.   The book “Operation ZigZag” relates the life and exploits of the
    double agent Eddie Chapman.  Chapman was
    a convicted safe breaker and fraudster who was serving a 4 year prison sentence
    in Jersey at the time Germany
    invaded and held the Channel Islands.  Seeing the possibility of release from prison
    he gained the confidence of the German authorities and was trained in France and Germany
    in all the necessary skills required of a German spy operating within England.  He was parachuted into Cambridgeshire on 29th
    June 1944 to commit acts of sabotage and report the exact locations of V-1
    explosions.  Chapman immediately
    surrendered to police and was trained by MI5 as a double agent acting against
    German interests.

    MI5 told him to doctor the locations of explosions, exaggerating
    the numbers in the north and west of London
    and minimising those in the south and east of the capital.  The idea was to lure the hits away from the
    densely populated areas of central London,
    even to the countryside.  By the end of
    June 1944 some 660 V-1’s had landed on London.  Chapman started to send misleading
    information on 1st July and continued to do so daily for 1
    month.  Incidents were reported in North West London but
    given as the actual times for explosions in South East
    London.  Thus the Germans
    were convinced that they were constantly overshooting targets and led to them
    shortening the range.  Chapman also down
    played the numbers of casualties and effect on civilian morale during his daily
    transmissions to his German operators.  
    It was later estimated that this double cross information saved the
    lives of several thousand Londoners.  Chapman continued sending misinformation to Germany concerning V2 hits.

    I met Eddie Chapman several times in 1973
    during which he told me his extraordinary life story which, although friendly
    with him, I doubted.  The film “Triple
    Cross” and book “Operation ZigZag” were produced during the later years of his
    life and after the authorities lifted the secrecy ban on his activities.James Harley

  • Kerry

    Hi, Excellent information here but when searching for Spearman Street and Jackson Street nr Woolwich Common and mentioned as a site where a V2 dropped, the locations are incorrectly marked – the streets on a 30 year old re-design of the area bear the same names but have been moved away from the original locations. If you want/need to check this go to maps-of-London.com
    this means that where the school was located originally facing up Delvan Hill it isn’t any more but the school is a good landmark to get the correct street layout from.  Not a massively important detail in the great scheme of things but for the purist might be crucial! 
    Kerry, former 1962 inhabitant of the original Spearman Street.

  • Martinjlane

    I have information on the V2 that hit Steventon Road, Hammersmith at 10pm on 14th Feb 1945
    Hammersmith Council were kind enough to provide an incident report and some photo’s of the damage.
    My grandparents and 3 of their 4 children were killed, in total 29 killed 37 injured. Interestingly the flats in Cleveley estate were rebuilt to almost orginal. If you google earth you can see the different coloured roof tops of the damaged houses. 

    • MattFromLondonist

      Thanks for this important update Martin. I’m finally getting round to updating the map and have included this information.

  • Pkrda

    Thanks for the most interesting site map.  I wanted to check on a V2 that fell close to the Crofton County Primary School, by the playing field.  I remember walking to school along that road and being surprised one day to find that a few houses had disappeared, leaving a crater, but don’t remember any more details other than the fact that it was a V2.   It doesn’t appear on the map.

    • MattFromLondonist

      Hi – is this the Crofton junior school in Orpington? Can you remember any more accurately where the crater was (which road)?

  • Hilary

    With my parents, I used to live (1962 – 1981, they moved in 1986) in Collier Row, which is North Romford on the way to Havering.  Very interested to learn about the V2 near Bedfords Park. My Dad was from East Ham and mum from Gidea Park.  Seeing them soon (I’m in Spain) and will raise all this in conversation.  Mum remembers some sort of bomb (probably a “normal” one) landing in Romford market and blowing the blacksmith’s anvil from the old coaching in, The Golden Lion, a considerable distance!.

    OK, so the following is not a V2  but I thought you might be interested anyway …

    Dad was volunteered at 15 for the AFS and saw the worst of the blitz in the City of London.  Later, in the RAF in Pocklington (Yorkshire),  the airfield was hit by a V1 rocket.  From his memoirs that I compiled:

    “Apparently a
    V1 had malfunctioned and had veered off course, finishing off up in Yorkshire.
    As far as I know it was the only one to reach there. It had come down on the airfield
    and on the plane the C/O used. I had slept right through this and heard
    nothing!”

    (Website of his memoirs coming soon!  Please contact me if you are interested in receiving further details).

  • Max

    You are missing a big V2 hit which destroyed the top of Upper Street in Islington and wiped out the continuation of a row of Georgian terraced houses which were eventually replaced with the Highbury and Islington roundabout. There is a plaque on the end wall of the surriving terrace and here is a link to an article on the subject. http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=ISL037a  but maybe it was a V1?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Max. The date of that strike means it can’t be a V2…I suspect it was a V1.

  • Wordsmith52

    Great job. Once it is as complete as possibe it will eb an even more valuabel piece of historical mapping. There were at least two V2 or V1 strikes in Harrow (then Harrow Urban District Council) at Pinner View  HA2 and Gerard Rd HA1 (near Kenton) Middlesex. This I know form eye witness accounts of neighbours and relatives and a published diary of local history. As the bulk of your records seem to cover only the former London County Council area many areas in Metropolitan London such as Middlesex, Essex, Surrey and Kent will be missing of course. New houses were built on the sites. Will try to provide documentation photos or sources as possible.

    • Andrew Walker

      Hi Wordsmith
      Did you have any luck with those sources?  I have three possible Harrow ‘incidents’ for you:
      (i) Uppingham Road on 22nd March 1945
      (ii) Hunters Grove on 9th March 1945
      and from the dates I would gues they were both V2s.  The third possibility is
      (iii) Methuen Road on 5th October 1944.
      and while this could be a V2 it could also be a V1.
      I don’t know enough about the geography of Harrow to say whether these match the street names you have been given?
      If you have any more information please get in touch.
      Best wishes
      Andrew

  • Retiredinbedford

    On 3 Jan 1945 the last V2 fell  on the shelter inthe garden of my home 2 Bagshot Rd, Enfield
    Fortunately we had given up using it (I don’t know why). It was 22 days before my 10th birthday and I and my mother and 2 sisters aged 11 years and 11 months were in bed and Dad had gone to work at Bellings ~  so the bedding protected us.   We were dug out and I was taken to Chase Farm  Hospital and my baby sister to North M iddlesex. By a miracle none of us suffered any serious injuries.We moved to Palmers Green where I lived un til I married and moved to Twickenham  Anne nee Dudding

    • Andrew Walker

      Anne
      Thanks for posting your memories.  Yours is the only account I have been able to find of what happened.  Can you remember anything else?  My e-mail address is andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk.  From Commonwealth War Graves records I can see that a lady in the neighbouring property, Mrs Frances Moscrop, died at Chase Farm Hospital on the same day.
      Best wishes

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NUQ6UMKBMCE7HNZHOHOSJ7TP6Y Jack

    My mum, brother and I lived at Park View Rd Tottenham for the duration of the war. Dad was in bomber command. Our school Down Lane Central was hit by incedendary bombs and badly damaged My photo was on the front page of the London Star entitled raid gave these kids a holiday. My friend and I was watching it burn. Stoneleigh South was just about obliterated by a land mine and there were several doodle bug strikes around the Tottenham Industrial area. I always thought the first V2 rocket hit the Lido swimming pool which was close to Bruce Castle Park. We never went to the shelter, dad had reinforced the stairs with 4 six inch posts and thats where we spent most of the time in the blitz.  I recall dads army telling mum we had to be evacuated and she responded with her beautiful cockney accent  ” Nour lisen ear guvnor Itler aint gonna git us outa our ouse na nik off. He never did!!!! I recall reporting a butterfly bomb to one of dads army which was defused. I was six when the war started and carried on because I was given an adult gas mask I was to old for a mickey mouse one. I was given something to cry for…ouch. In spite of the war I found this time a wonderful sense of community and sharing, my bed was often shared with others who had been bombed out up the street. Nearly 70 years later I returned to the house it still stands, glass replacing plywood in the windows, chimney stack restored I think the land mine clipped it on its way to stone Leigh South, Timbers still under the stairs and wonderful a bath installed no more Saturday nights in the steel tub for the occupants. Our family moved to Australia in 1952 and I came back in 2003 and visited the old home wonderful memories thanks for sharing yours with me cheers

  • Yvonnesworkshops

    Amazing site! Have you had any updates on strikes in STEPNEY area? I’m writing about a music hall artiste called Lily Benson who spent much of her later life in Ireland, but said that the surviving siblings in her family ( possibly Benjamins, with names Esther, Morris, Edward, Maria) were killed by the bombing. I’d love to verify that. Have tried a search on Commonwealth civilian war graves but not coming up. have also read through 12,000 of them, have to go back and do the rest! Seems they lived in Ernest Street in Stepney. Any update would be fantastic, and I’m at yvonnesworkshops@gmail.com. Ditto, if anyone visiting heard of Lily Benjamin/ Benson!!

  • Cliff

    Cliff, Brockley.I have another rocket site for your map – I lived in Avignon Road, then Aspinall Road, until age 14, and attended John Stainer Primary School. There were two buildings – one for the very young, and the existing one for the older kids, but I was told some years later that before the war there was just one large building, and that it suffered a direct hit right in the centre. The other building was where there’s now a car park behind houses, opposite Finland Road.
    And there was a bomb site at the corner of Revelon Road and St Asaph Road, opposite the school, which must have been the result of the blast damage, destroying several houses.

    Cliff.

  • Graham Hall

    Re the Colegrave Road question mark.  I’ve found two online sources relating to this attack dated 16/2/45 @ 11:45PM.  There appear to have been a lot of casualties and people were killed in Colegrave Road as well.  Therefore its possible the point of the explosion was between these two roads.  Your question mark is placed in a area where a number of different buildings exist to the style of the majority in that area so i think you’re on the right track.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/27/a4132027.shtml

    http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/features/8381120.print/

  • Graham Hall

    Re the Grosvenor Road question mark.  I’ve found this reference to a V2 in Kitchener Road in Jan 1945.  Looking at the satellite image there are newer type buildings to the North West of your question mark  and it maybe that the point of the explosion was on the southern edge of Kitchener Road, thus affecting the homes in both sides of Kitchener Road and the North Side of Grosvenor Road.  I can’t find any mention of the Ursuline Convent (or school) being hit by a V2, so suggest you need to move the point of impact to the North West.

  • C. Magee
  • Patricia

    I understood that the second V2 to fall in UK fell on the outskirts of Dagenham, close to a school for handicapped children.  Living in Dagenham, I remember that it fell about the time I was to leave for school – 8 – 8.30 a.m.  There were no children present in the school at that time.

  • MattFromLondonist

    Reader Lawrence McNamara offers the following update via email. I’ll update the map again soon with this and other comments. Thanks for your continued input, everyone.
    On the map there is a V2 site in Rosemary Gardens (Southgate Road, Islington, London N1), I was born in 1947 in Cleveland Road (just to the north of this site) and remember being told by my parents that there was a massive bomb that fell on the corner of Southgate Road and Downham Road where there were many casulaties.  The devastation was quite large:All the houses for 50 yards along the corner of Cleveland Road and Downham Road down to Southgate Road were obliteratedAll the houses for 50 yards along Southgate Road backing on to Cleveland Road were obliteratedAll the houses for 75 yards along Downham Road to Southgate Road (opposite Cleveland Road)  backing on to what is now Rosemary Gardens were obliteratedThe properties on the other side of the Southgate Road / Downham Road were left standing with very little damageI was told that the blast came from the east and was virtually in the centre of the junction of Downham Road and Southgate Road and that there vehicles in the crater in the road.In the middle of what is now Rosemary Gardens was the Old Lead Mills that was completely intact up until it was demolished in the 1960s, I don’t think that this building could have survived a V2 incident if it fell as indicated, also, my dad had a garage about 10 yards from the indicated strike point in the alleyway off Downham Road backing on to Rosemary Gardens that was untouched.This whole area of devastation was a great playground for us the 1950′s and 60′s and is very clear in my mind even now.Regards,Lawrence McNamara

  • Mark Warrington

    Great site, just stumbled across it, my dad was at his very first day of work in Charterhouse Street, when a V2 rocket hit Smithfield Market on 8th March 1945 at 11.30am, as other of mentioned that as these rockets traveled faster than the speed of sound there was no warning, luckily for him he was in the middle of the office when the windows imploded inwards, injuring many with flying glass and debris.

    My dad was usually happy to talk about the war and blitz, he’d been bombed out of his house on Brecknock Road, Tufnell Park in 1941 and was fairly jocular and relaxed talking about, however with the above incident he didn’t tell me till I was in my twenties, apparently the carnage was all the worse as there was a queue of women lined up waiting to buy meat.

  • john richards

    does anyone remember the v2 that fell on Azenby square off Lyndhurst road ,Peckham or the V1 that hit McDermot road Peckham in 1944.I saw and heard the V1 and ran indoors              as it exploded.I was in our upstairs Living room with my  aunt and mother when there was a loud    bang and the window shattered followed by the sound of the rocket arriving .tis was in 1945.We heard crying and rushed into the back bedroom and there was my younger baby brother in my mothers bed covered in plaster rubble from the ceiling but nhurt due to the thickness of the Eiderdwon which had protected him.

  • john richards

    I recall that during a visit to my Grandmother in 1946 who lived  in Odell street ,Walworth. (now part of Burgess Park recreation area) waiting by a bus stop at Walworth road end of Albany Road there was the carcase of a V2 next to the pavement and which was split open along its length like a pea pod.This is further proof that they were more of a terror weapon than a powerfull bomb and were not a shrapnell type bomb.Most casualties were caused by direct contact or falling masonry.Unlike the bombs we dropped on  Germany  which had a wide radius of blast damage.

  • Ebullough

    I lived at 54 Orchard Rise East, Sidcup, Kent.from 1939 till 1958
    A V2 fell in the middle of this street it was a large hole with water at the bottom.
    About 30 houses were destroyed, you can still see the new houses in the center of the street today.

    • Peter Harris

      so you lived in sidcup
      we had some up at eltham had all the back stories from dad

  • Mark Allan Smith

     Dear londonist,
    I have looked at your map of bomb V2 sites. I think you may like to know West Norwood got some of those nasty things. I grow up in West Norwood, from 1962-74. I remember playing in the crater on the corner of Gipsy rd, and Gipsy hill. that site is a Plague pit, just next to the rounder about. It was one very very big hole. A V2 landed in Aubyn hill, opposit the Gipsy hill pub.  killed 6. another landed on the same side of the road at the bottom of the hill. Those two rockets took out every thing from the Aubyn hill to Elders rd. Today if you go to that spot it is hard to beleave that just two V2 bombs did that but you can see it is all new flats. My school was just accross the road from this site Norwood park primary school. Another is Norwood park Library every one in Norwood knows the library was built on a flying bomb site.
    Mark,

  • bill_gj

    The map has a note which says that many East End hits are not mentioned. I lived in a house in Rainham between 1976 and 1992 and elderly neighbours that had been in the area since the war told me that the house had been a virtual direct hit with at least four killed.

    • Andrew Walker

      Bill
      What was the address?
      Andrew

  • Jim Pignot

    A V2 landed behind the home of Mr and Mrs Allen at 145 groveway dagenham. It is not shown on your map and I cannot remember the date ( I was nine at the time) is there anyone else who remembers this

    • Andrew Walker

      Jim
      I have access to some records and can see that it happened on 8th February 1945. Two people died Sarah Wood was married to James Wood at 145 – she survived the incident but died in hospital (Goodmayes Emergency Base Hospital in Ilford) the same day. The other person who died was Mary Stevens, a widow at number 147.
      Please write down your memories and either post them on this website or contact me at andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk
      Andrew

      • Jim

        Andrew
        Thanks for the info. I got my facts a bit mixed up, Allen was the son of Mr and Mrs Wood. I don’t recall hearing any explosion but I was awoken by our blackout blinds falling in.By the time I looked out rescue operations were well underway. I believe that there was a factory to the rear of 145, the rocket landing between them. About twenty houses in Groveway were destroyed or made uninhabitable. Other homes in the surrounding area also suffered damage but were partially sheltered due to the factory. Although only 150 yards away ( I lived at 107 ) we only had a few windows cracked . The most vivid memory I have of the incident is that the following morning a
        ‘Sally Ann’ mobile canteen was on the scene giving hot drinks to all.

  • Anita Welsh

    My mothers family were killed in Palmer Place, Islington in the New Years Eve V bombing, gather many were in a pub on the street celebrating New Year. I understand that 102 people were killed that night just on this street. I was a 2 yr old fast asleep, and survived, after my fathers brother, then a boy scout dug through the rubble searching for me. I was born there, and never have been back, as I came to live in Canada. Now 70 years of age, would love one day to get back to England to see where I was born, and where my family died.

  • Stewart Harding

    My grandmothers house was destroyed during the war and I was told by a
    V2 , the address was 16 Wetherell Road, South Hackney, does anybody have
    information on this as I would like to be sure that it was indeed a V2
    strike? There was nobody at home at the time of the attack but my
    grandmother died in 1945.

    • Andrew Walker

      Stewart

      This makes perfect sense. Thursday 7th December 1944 at 1.23am a V2 rocket (Big Ben 323) landed in Hackney and killed 21 people in total, at Wetherell Road, Rockmead Road and Cawley Road. Your gran was lucky to be at Number 16 because 4 Number 28, 4 at Number 27 and 1 at Number 25, so only 6 doors away. Her house must be quite a mess. I can’t find out any more from the books I have Do you know any more about what happened (beyond the obvious!)?

      Best wishes,

      Andrew

      andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk

    • Graham Hall

      Cawley Road faced onto the park where Iveagh and Guinness Closes now stand (the Guinness Trust redeveloped the site – hence the Guinness names) while I think Rockmead Close also faced the Park, but more to the South West. This strike (date /time) which appears in other online sources is not. however, currently shown on M@’s map. I think that the linking road between the current Iveagh Close and Wetherell Road would be a likely starting place to the actual impact site.

      • Stewart Harding

        Many thanks indeed Graham for such fast and kind assistance. I have since found two other sites which

        Many thanks indeed Graham for such fast and kind assistance. I have since found two other sites which may be of help to anybody seeking more information as to where the rockets came from and the coordinates for the actual strikes.

        http://www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/timeline.html

        http://www.wrsonline.co.uk/big-ben-rocket-strikes/december-1944/

        My father always told us that his mother’s home received a direct hit but this may be a little distorted, even so my elder brother says he remembers our father showing him the actual crater where their home once stood!!

        may be of help to anybody seeking more information as to where the rockets came from and the coordinates for the actual strikes.

        http://www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/timeline.html

        http://www.wrsonline.co.uk/big-ben-rocket-strikes/december-1944/

        My father always told us that his mothers home received a direct hit but this may be a little distorted, even so my elder brother says he remembers our father showing him the actual crater where their home once stood!!

      • Stewart Harding

        Dear Graham,
        Many thanks for your kind help. I have tried to put a comment on the LONDONIst but it does not want to accept for some reason. I will contact the site to find out what is going wrong and hopefully it will appear shortly. Even so I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your help.
        Best regards

        Stewart

  • Nick

    My mother was 17 when her parents house in Sydney Road Muswell hill was hit by a V2. They all survived (she was at the pictures) but others in the road didn’t. One was a sailor, she remembers, home on leave. I’ll try to pinpoint exactly where she lived next time I ring her.

  • Winnie

    Calton Road V2 East Barnet 1945

    I lived in Longmore Avenue, No 48 with my family after we were evacuated from Silver Town. I was just 4 when the V2 struck Calton Road just after lunch. I remember I was sitting on my sister lap at the time of the explosion, she fainted. All the doors and windows were blown in and there was glass everywhere. We has some Canadian soldiers in the house at the time the V2 hit they along with my Father rushed over to Calton Road to help the injured. I believe that there was a horse drawn milk float in the road at the time the V2 struck both the roundsmen and the poor horse were killed along with 12 others in the houses on the north side of the road. Our house escaped much of the damage due to the row of houses across the road from us that took most of the blast. Later I lived in West End Lane , High Barnet where just across the road from my house and the Lord Nelson Pub, in Bells Hill another bomb ( I think it was an Aerial Land Mine) killed a lot of people. I was only made aware of this much later after the war.

  • Colin McDonald

    I see that a V2 is recorded as exploding on the edge of Kew Gardens and there is not one recorded as falling on the Pyrene factory on the Great West Road. Could this be the same V2? as one certainly did fall on the Pryrene factory or very close by.

  • moley

    worcester park surrey calbeck road v1 hit no picks? no readings? can any one help

    • http://www.facebook.com/shirley.horton.357 Shirley Horton

      I lived in Brinkley Road and remember a family called Blandy lost 3 children, we felt the blast in the air raid shelter a lot of damage to our house, we were sent to Benfleet Essex, i remember other people who lost loved ones.

  • Alan

    Annesley Close Brent. My Mother and her sisters lived in Aboyne Road and their best friend was killed in this attack. Usually my Mum went round the friends house but on this night they decided to go to a dance. I would not be here now otherwise

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.hoskins.716 Steve Hoskins

    Hi!! Very interesting site. I could not find reference to the V2 that dropped in East Ham in the area just off the Barking Road. It demolished the entire block of houses bounded by Navarre road, Henry road, St. Bartholomews road and Barking road. My mate and I played on the bomb site for a few years after the war. One day my mate accidently set fire to the grass and burnt the ajoining fences. We were playing with matches!! The bomb dropped whilst I was in Hospital with diptheria – which thankfully I survived. We lived in Bartle Avenue the road adjacent to Navarre road and our houses were badly damaged – our front door was blown up the stairs into our flat and Mum had tripped on the rubble and sprained her ankle which was a minor issue considering the people that had been killed and injured.

  • Bob Sharp rewsharp@talk21.com

    Dec 1944 a V2 fell on an old farmhouse in Basedale Rd. I saw two bodies in the road as I was on the way to check up on relatives in Sheppey Rd.We lived in Blithbury Rd and suffered minor damage-slates ,windows etc.I was in the front room and was showered with glass and burning pieces of coal when all the soot in the chimney flew into the room.Apart from the dirt and a few scatches I was unscathed.Our radio was smahed I remember.
    .It is not marked on your map.Many houses both sides of the railway were damaged.

  • Bob Sharp rewsharp@talk21.com

    Dec 24th 1944 Basedale Rd V2.I think the two bodies I saw were those of the couple who lived in
    the farm house facing the Lodge Ave bridge which J Clements refers to.Maybe we clashed in the Apache country that was known as Matchy.There were always maurauding tribes over there and we never went alone.

  • David Tucker

    Hi my mother told me of a v2 attack on the church in st erkenwald road barking where the ripple centre now stands. Tragically it was during Sunday school and many of my mothers friends were killed .My mother was very young when this happened and never mentioned the exact date , but could recal being blasted from one end of the house to the other as the front of her house was demolished .

  • Terrymac

    It was early 1945, we thought the war was over, but a V2 landed a few doors along in “StraightsMouth” London, SE10. I was dragged from the wrekage, and survived, ( probably a few people out there, who wished I had not)

  • DAVID HUME

    CHINGFORD, Junction of Palace View Road and Lynton Ave.

    Location = 51.612967,-0.011138

    I was told by my parents that one night a V2 landed in the ‘verge’ or ‘nature strip’ at this junction, outside No. 2 Palace View Road. It did not explode (or I wouldn’t be here 70 years later) or wake us up, but the next morning there was a large crater in the verge. At the time it was planted with bushes, but now it’s grassed. I don’t know the date, but I think it may have resulted in my parents sending me (aged 2) away to an ‘Auntie’ who lived at Bacup in Lancashire.

  • Jim

    I was nearly killed by a V2 rocket that crashed to earth in Belgrave Road, corner of Kensinton Grdns.I had come home from school for lunch,I was about to return to school when my Mother told me to wait for her to walk with me. soon after that the V2 rocket the came down,what a mess,luckily we where the last house in the road,opposite the Endsleigh Road rocket,I remember it well. If I had left for school earlier there is no doubt I would have been in the open and at lest badly injured.This was
    on February 21 st 1944 I was nearly 6.Yes we did walk to and from school on our own even with the war on.
    Jim 74 years old.

    • Graham Hall

      Can’t see it on the map. Perhaps it was a V1 as the date is too early for a V2. Or perhaps some of the other detail is incorrect?

    • Jim

      looking at my story I realize I have put the wrong year in,it should be 1945 and that would make me nearly 7 years old.Looking at the map my bomb site isn’t on there.It is all true I have airial photos of it.
      Jim

      • Andrew Walker

        Jim
        You are spot on with your date, but I hadn’t realised you were talking about Ilford. The official records number this as the 841st V2 to land in the UK. Two civilians died: Joseph Arthur of 73 Endsleigh Road and John Cunningham from Highbury Gardens who was injured in Kensington Gardens and died in hospital two days later.
        If you e-mail me at Andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk I think I have a photo of the site.
        best wishes
        Andrew

  • Mike Bouchier

    I was evacuated to Morecambe in July 1944. I had only been there a week when we heard from my mother that our whole road had been flattened by a V1. That was Ravenstone Road, Stratford E.15 – 200 yards from the Thatched House pub. A photo of the aftermath appeared in the Daily Mirror and publications like The Blitz – Now and Then. and The Way We Lived Then. My friend living in the road – Brian Potts – along with his mother, was killed as were others. My mother and baby sister had to be dug out of their Anderson Shelter. The doodlebug dropped at approx 5.30.p.m. It does not appear on the map.

  • Ray

    The Osman Close V2 (20 Jan 1945) may have killed people their but the main impact was at Tewkesbury road. My Great Uncle lost most of his family their, the victims were laid out for identification at the Tottenham football ground as their were so many of them.

  • Richard

    see my WWI and WWII anti aircraft fuzes I have found in Greater London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjW2q0neXcA

  • Richard

    See fuze link below, I also use this for crash sites of V2s in London:

    http://www.astronautix.com/fam/v2.htm

  • Platform-7

    I have been creating large scale Remembrance events since 2009, previously in cemeteries at night and last year across the London Underground with poetry, dance, classical music, multimedia and sculpture. This year is about the V2 and Zeppelin raids called ‘Silent Cacophony’. May I use this map as my reference for 2013? Please let me know. More on the previous events on http://www.platform-7.com/#!events/cjg9
    “Up The Line’ and ‘no man’s land’

    many thanks John

    • MattFromLondonist

      Hiya John. Please feel free to use the map as a reference. Anything shown with a blast symbol has been pinpointed fairly accurately from primary sources. Question marks are likely hits, but need further corroboration.

      I would be interested to learn more about your project – it sounds like the kind of thing we might highlight on Londonist. Feel free to email me at matt – at – londonist.com

  • MattFromLondonist

    Dear everyone,

    Thanks again for your wonderful comments and responses in this thread. I finally sat down and updated the map, which took many hours.

    - All strikes mentioned in the comments with enough information to pinpoint have been mapped.
    - All strikes in the old borough of West Ham have been added
    - I found a way to display all strikes on one page, so the map above now shows the complete data set. However, this might slow loading times on some computers.

    Special thanks to Graham Hall and Andrew Walker, who’ve given regular, informative responses to the comments of others. As well as plotting most of the strikes mentioned in recent comments, I’ve also now plotted every rocket strike on the borough of West Ham (as it then was), thanks to a war map provided by Andy Halford. Please do add further info to this comments thread and I’ll attempt to update it as we go along, rather than leaving it for a year.

    Cheers,
    Matt
    Matt Brown, Editor of Londonist and compiler of this map.

  • Irving Holgate

    so far I have not seen mentioned or marked a V2 Landing in Levett Gds Sevenkings Not sure of date but have a lasting memory of being lifted and caried down the hall way by the blast. Has any on else any recollections of this one ?
    Irving Holgate

    • Andrew Walker

      Dear Irving

      This was on Thursday 4th January 1945. Mabel Florence Johnson, 43, and her son Peter Richard, aged 4, died at number 9 Levett Gardens. Mabel’s husband, Richard, was in the navy. I can’t be certain this was a V2, as some V1s were still being launched from planes across the North Sea at the time. The low death toll might suggest a V1 and on Google Street View it is not obvious that a large number of houses were damaged which also could suggest a V1, but Ilford was certainly in a line between the launch sites for V2s and central London. Can others provide more detail?

      Best wishes

      Andrew

  • Graham Hall

    Hi Matt

    Thanks for your kind words on my contributions – I thought I had better do something to actually earn them!! Re the explosion you have with a ? in Annesley Close Neasden. Looking at pictures in Brent Archives, some “new” council housing was put up in 1947/48 in Aboyne Road, adjacent to the junction with Annesley Close. 3 pairs of semis are on the north west side of Aboyne Road, and two pairs on the south east side of that road. The corner of Wykeham School on the opposite corner now is different to that that existed pre war. Pre war that part of the school was single storey, with a pitched roof to match the connecting two storey block. Post war, that corner part is a two storey flat roof building, although the original two storey main building with its pitched roof remains the same externally. This suggests to me that the impact point was actually in Aboyne Road, just south west of the junction with Annersley Close. This would account for the new housing post war and the rebuilding of that part of the school. Other housing in the area shows a common design of roof and wall rendering, all totally different from the 1947/48 housing.

    • Graham Hall

      Done some more searching. as a result I can addyhat this Neasden attack was on Thursday 15 March 1945 @ 22:57. The launch was from Batt. 1./485
      (Art. Reg. 1./902), Den Haag,
      Statenkwartier. Apparently there were 5 Dead. In the Big ben series it is #1023. Hope this helps!!

      • MattFromLondonist

        Thanks Graham. I’ve added your comments to that marker. These details are somewhat at odds with the existing account, though, which give a different month and suggest no explosion. Perhaps there were two strikes in the area.

        • Andrew Walker

          Hi Matt,

          I can confirm Graham’s date of 15th March – 2 people died in Annesley Close and 6 in Aboyne Road.
          What were the other details you were referring to?

          Best wishes
          Andrew

          • Graham Hall

            There was an airburst near Grove Way on 25 Jan 45 @ 08:19 listed as Big Ben 601. Its the only thing I can think of to tie in with the original comment of something in late january in that area. Its a lot further away than Aboyne Road but perhaps the original story about it not exploding marries to an airbust further away? If it didn’t go off how did it induce contractions? Stories like this can get elaborated on over time and the truth is not always easy to determine.

  • sapper

    I was brought up during the V2 & Doodlebug era in Shirley Croydon we use to get what ever the german luff waffa didn’t drop on the City of London I can remember it vividly Never saw this Map Wow that’s the V2 rocket area trouble with those blighters you only heard the explosion unlike the V1 Doodle Bug eerie sound as it flew through the Sky & every eye on it to see where it was going to fall once the engine stopped then run for it?? oh yeah was watching a film, about them yesterday my Brother & I got clipped ear for messing about ? However it was the blast of a bomb Which hit the shelter shelter hit mother on head then sprung back into shape… although Now I say what a bit of elasticity that Anderson Shelter had or should I say what ever the steel it was made from had.. we say we had kind of had a clip a round the ear curtacy of the jerry luff waffa….funny time that was funny because I didn’t think corrugated steel would do that as I studied metallurgy & welding engineering whilst in the Royal Engineers later on after schooling ended ….But this Map is great in detail it wasn’t like the one I saw of The Borough of Croydon peppered with black spots each representing 250 HE Bombs with Biggin Hill 1.5 miles down the road ! & a Royal canadian Artillery Ack Ack & search light Battery up the road .. they were after that every night… NEVER got it ha …. l left Croydon in 1951 ……have a good day.!!!

  • paulbeddows

    The Orchard Rise, Sidcup hit is likely the one that killed my
    grandfather ( Robert Wilson) who lived at 34 Orchard Rise. My mother
    while injured, was not killed (lucky for me). He died on the 22nd of
    November, 1944, not sure if he was killed instantly which would fix the
    date, but I think he was. However my mother woudl know, she can be
    contacted at hilda_beddows@telus.net and can likely provide more details
    on this particular one

    Paul Beddows
    beddows1@telus.net

  • MikeC

    A V2 landed on the very top of the hill at Ratly Hill Woods, about 6000 feet due north of the village of Wainscott,,near Rochester in Kent. Exact date unknown, but late in 1944. I was four years old and playing in my back yard when it landed and can clearly remember the surreal experience of seeing first the explosion, then hearing the bang, followed by the rushing noise of the rocket going “back up” into the sky.
    There were no dead or injured at the time, but a serious injury many years later. A woodcutter was sawing pit props for the Kent collieries using a 36″ circular saw driven from the power take off of a tractor. He cut into a log that contained an embedded shard of the rocket casing, causing the saw blade to disintegrate and almost sever his arm at the shoulder.

    • MattFromLondonist

      Excellent addition, thanks. I’ve put a marker in Ratly Hill Woods – though I don’t know for sure exactly where it should go, so let me know if it needs moving. Interesting story about the later injury.

  • Chrisk

    Regarding Cowslip Road January 20, 1945. It was Woodville Road as earlier discussed in this forum. Here is an account from my mother who was 14 at the time.

    ‘I was 14 at the time and living at 64 Maybank avenue. My mother was three months pregnant. We had stopped using our Anderson shelter because it always flooded. We were inside the Morrison shelter in the front room. Myself, Mother and brother squeezed in. The night had been really bad – freezing and snowing. We had been listening to the radio. The explosion knocked the windows in. I can’t remember the exact time but think is was between 9-10. My mother ran out shortly after the explosion. She was running across the road to my grandparents to check on them. Mr Bennet who was the air raid warden and our neighbor brought her back in. Her feet were bleeding. A lot of people were killed including two children. I think it had the worst fatalities of any V2.’

    • MattFromLondonist

      Thank you Chris. I’ve added the account to the map.

    • Andrew Walker

      Chris
      I hope this information helps you.
      20th January 1945, which was a Saturday, 10.49pm, the 575th V2 rocket recorded by the RAF as landing on the UK in its list of “Big Ben” incidents.
      19 civilians died at the following addresses:
      55, 57 and 59 Woodville Avenue
      2, 6, 8, 10 and 22 Oakdale Road
      2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Rose Avenue
      There were no deaths in Cowslip Road or Maybank Avenue. The source I am working from does not cover people on leave from the armed forces. It also does not record people who were injured. However, it should include civilians who died later in hospital (with some degree of reliability).
      I can well believe this was the biggest loss of life to a V2 in Wanstead & Woodford; sadly it was a long way from being the biggest loss to any V2.
      Best wishes
      Andrew

  • Andrew

    Great site thanks

  • Ian Borthwick

    My Uncle states that a v2 landed on Blaxland House Australia Road White City in 1944

    • Andrew Walker

      Hi Ian
      It was 23rd August 1944, 15 people were killed. The date means it must have been a V1 flying bomb, as the first V2 landed a couple of weeks later. Does your uncle know anything more about the Blaxland House incident?
      Best wishes
      Andrew

  • Gordon

    During the war my family lived in Rainham Essex as it was designated then, being one and a half miles north of the River Thames and the same distance south of Hornchurch Aerodrome we got lots of action, regarding your mapping V2 sites one landed on Penerley Road directly behind our house on Wennington Road, killing a friend I went to school with, and others. We also had two V1′s land in the village.

    • Andrew Walker

      Hi Gordon
      This was 15th January 1945, 15 people died at 49, 51, 53 and 55 Penerley Road. I can send you a list of names if you are interested. I can also see around 7-8 V1 incidents in the general Hornchurch area, I can send you addresses and maybe you can spot which ones are in Rainham?
      Best wishes
      Andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk

  • Jon Weller

    V2 strike London Road Mitcham
    My Father, Stan Weller came across this bomb site on his cycle ride to work at the Tandem Works Mitcham the morning it happened. I don’t have a date, but I do still have part of the V2′s steering vane assembly that he picked up as a souvenir. I would be interested to know at what time and when the incident occurred.

    • Andrew Walker

      Hello Jon
      I only have data for incidents where civilians were killed and there are none for V2 in Mitcham; that’s not to say no V2s landed in Mitcham, plenty exploded in England without causing any deaths (thank goodness). I do have a second possibility: on Thursday 22nd June 1944 a V1 flying bomb killed two (probably three) people at 310 London Road, Mitcham. Could this be the incident your dad witnessed? This seems to be somewhere near the Cricket Green (apologies, I don’t know Mitcham).
      Best wishes
      Andrew

  • torc

    The 1945 Whalebone Lane V2 is on the wrong Whalebone Lane. It should be this one http://goo.gl/maps/oZ6EJ

  • Paul Fenwick

    I have an original photo of a building severely damaged by a V2 rocket explosion. On the back it gives some information. The attack was on 9th February 1945 and the location is given as Sidmouth Street in London WC2.
    A look around the area on Google Maps Streetview suggests that the actual location may have been Wakefield Street. Does anybody know if this is correct?

    • Andrew Walker

      You are absolutely right, Paul. This was the 709th rocket to land according to the RAF records. Four civilians died in Wakefield Street, one in Judd Street but Tavistock Place took the brunt with 29 deaths, giving a total of 34.
      I can supply a couple more references if you are interested, please e-mail me: Andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk.

      • Paul Fenwick

        Many thanks indeed for the information Andrew! I will write to you for the additional references.
        So, an ugly building now fills the void in Wakefield Street created by the explosion but the fine, adjacent building,which was relatively undamaged, still exists. I think there’s a new church in Tavistock Place replacing the one in the background of the photo.
        Paul

  • Terence Davies

    There was a V-2 hit at the corner of Crampton St and Manor Pl. I lived at the Pub on the corner of Manor Pl and Penton Pl. I was in bed at the time and heard the woosh just before the explosion and the windows came in.
    Terence J Davies

  • Tich C

    I can confirm the rocket that hit Annesley Close, Neasden on the 15 March 1945. My Nan, Nellie Horsted and Grandad, Thomas Horsted were in their home at No. 34. Nan was killed outright and Grandad died four days later. Their two sons were home on leave and they were both seriously injured but survived. Their gravestone, in Willesden New Cemetery, states “Killed by a Rocket.” There are a few gravestones in this area stating the same.

  • Bob

    The map is incomplete. There was also a V2 strike in Collier Row Lane, Romford. I have a book called ‘Ordeal in Romford’ which lists this attack and has a photograph of the damage caused. My neighbour remembers it.

  • Mark Derby

    Hi Matt
    I’m researching a woman who worked in military equipment factories in Tottenham in WW2. She wrote to her family on 2 May 1941 as follows:

    The other night
    our place was utterly destroyed – thank heaven there was no night shift on. It
    was in a very vulnerable position and had been attacked before. Now a new place
    and equipment is being searched for and meantime the Firm asked me to stay
    about in order to start work again when the factory reopened.”
    The firm referred to was the Mills Equipment Co., also known as M. E. Co. Its factories were in Fountayne Rd and Markfield Rd, Tottenham. I’m too dim to work out from your v. fine map which air-raid, and which of those factories, the letter refers to. Can you and/or your readers help?

    • MattFromLondonist

      Hiya Mark. My map shows rocket attacks on London (1944-45), not Blitz air raids. Your best bet is to look on the excellent Bomb Sight map, which concerns itself more with air raids. http://bombsight.org/

    • Andrew Walker

      Hi Mark
      Given the date of the letter, I would suggest the big raid on the night of 19th April 1941 is the best candidate. Bombs certainly fell in Ashford Road, Beaufoy Road, and in Nursery Street (killing a mother and 7 of her children). I don’t know if any of these border the addresses you are interested in?
      Happy to provide more detail.
      Andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk

      • Mark Derby

        Thanks, Andrew. I’ll go with that date unless i find evidence to contradict it.

  • BJ

    I have been trying to find information on a family (father, mother and children)killed in the bombings in Nov. 1944 of London. The wife’s maiden name was Welch. She had brother Leslie Welch and Alexander Welch who was in the RAF. I have searched all the Ancestry records and been on the Civillian memorial cemetery sites, but cannot find a family that matches. Do you have any ideas as where to look next?

    • Andrew Walker

      BJ
      Please write to me at Andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk – I can sometimes help with bombings and civilians killed. Do you know where and when the brothers were born, or where in London this lady lived?
      best wishes
      Andrew

    • Martin

      BJ

      Have you tried the commonwealth Wargraves commision, civilian dead? http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx
      There are 36 pages of Welch for November 1944

      Martin

  • Peter Webber

    My name is Peter James Webber .my self & immediate family
    Survived a V2 rocket that hit at 03.07 on march 23rd 1945
    It landed at the north end of Uppingham Avenue stanmore
    Middlesex.It demolished 12 houses (6 semidetached blocks)
    My house at 262 was the only house without a fatality,my
    Father, Mother & two sisters pauline& pearl being spared.
    I lost an Uncle ,Aunt & 2 cousins who were living at 266
    In total 19 were killed & many casualties.most are buried
    At a war memorial at Harrowweald cemetery .
    Posted 5th August 2014

    • Graham Hall

      could it be this one “Mar. 23, (03.17 hours) – Batt. 3./485 (Art. Reg. 3./902), Den Haag, Haagse Bos, V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)”
      There were 2 launched around the same time but only one impact in the sea off Clacton is recorded. Stanmore doesn’t appear in the Big bang list .
      There is another reference to a V2 in coledale drive which is close to Uppingham avenue but not precise with location or date. It could be the same one

  • Elizabeth

    I am trying to learn more about a V-2 strike hit that occurred in a village east of London on the afternoon of August 17, 1944. In 2006, I met a British man at Gatwick Airport who was the sole survivor of that bomb, which hit his house and killed his mother and four siblings. His father was a member of the volunteer fire squad that arrived at the scene. Not sure of the name of the village.

    • Andrew Walker

      Hi Elizabeth
      I think enough facts match for this to be the one. It was a V1, not a V2 (sorry to be pedantic but that’s why you won’t see it listed here).
      The incident was at the Arterial Road, in the council area of Southend on Sea.
      The mother and four children were killed at a house called Wimbex. They were Mildred Amelia Cuthbert aged 39, Barry (12), Anthony (10), Carol (2) and Suzanne (6 months). The father who was presumably in the rescue squad was Leonard. The other house affected was called Hazelwood and an older couple died there (Sydney and Amy Gill) together with a woman who may have been their grand-daughter and her son (Annie Gill aged 23 and David aged 1).
      I can suggest a name for the gentleman you met, if you want to contact me:
      Andrew.walker@glasgow.ac.uk.
      Best wishes
      Andrew

      • Elizabeth

        Thank you for this response. This seems to match the info from my Gatwick conversation. I’ve sent you a fuller email response, too. Best regards~
        Elizabeth

        • RPM22

          Hi Andrew,
          Congratulations on your fine work, a fantastic historic record. My family lived in Ilford during the war, and often talked of the many V2s that landed there, some 40 in total .
          I’m researching for a book on the AFS, particularly because I looked after an elderly man who was a Section Leader in the AFS. He told me about a new system that was set up to deal with the V1s and V2s, where fully equipped mobile teams were permanently on the road so they could drive more easily to each bomb-site, and also not get hit themselves if they stayed at a fixed base.
          He vividly described the carnage at what he described as ‘a market’, which to him would have meant an open air street-market, where he said that over a hundred people died. I see there was a V2 on Smithfield Market on March 8 1945, but since he worked there as a young lad, he would have referred to it as ‘Smithfields’, not ‘a market’. Apart from the Lewisham V1 on July 28 1944, have you any records of any other street markets being hit with such a high death toll?
          Strangely enough, he also took an active part in the disinformation campaign directed at the Germans, by spreading rumours in some East End pubs of various bombs landing in different places than they did. This undercover movement actually succeeded in moving the main aim of the V1s and V2s away from Central London, and more into my home borough of Ilford and other Essex towns, plus of course some in SE London as well.
          You may not have heard of this, but it was published many years ago in ‘The Wizard War’, that the decision to do this disinformation campaign caused a major crisis in the government, as Churchill was away at the time seeing FDR, and more junior minsters had to make the decision – ultimately they waffled, and it was left up MI5 to actually make it happen.

          Many thanks in advance

          Richard Medway, fortunately born in 1949

  • Mr Granger

    Doesn’t include the V2 strike at 49 Penerley Road, Rainham (London Borough of Havering) on 15th January 1945. Havering’s worst rocket attack. It killed 4 members of the Howells family and 10 of their neighbours. The house was rebuilt.

  • John Williams

    Another V2 impact site not shown on the map was close to the Queen Elisabeth Hunting Lodge (about 51,63493, 0.01740). The next morning, I cycled over to see the site with my friend David Coombes from our homes in The Glade, Woodford Wells. We found an enormous circular crater (perhaps 100 ft in diameter) almost as deep as it was wide. Probably, because the impact was in soft open ground, there were no casualties and no damage to nearby buildings.

  • John Williams

    Another unmapped V2 impact site is in Gordon Road E11 (51.57531, 0.02105) Google Maps clearly shows the row of post-war houses replacing the pre-war houses, including No 38 Gordon Road, which were destroyed in January 1945. My wife’s grandparents and her aunt were killed by this V2.

  • http://staceysimkins.ucoz.com Hilary Walker

    Good evening! About the AFS you’re researching: my Dad (b. 1924 and still going strong, very compos mentis!) was in the AFS from right at the start till he got called up (RAF) in 1942. Please take a look at the website I created for him – staceysimkins.ucoz.com – there’s a video clip from BBC News and I do have another film clip from How We Won the War that I haven’t uploaded yet (looks like I have to ask the BBC for permission first!).

    He was born in East Ham and served at Mansion House. As the flying bombs were later than when he was in the AFS I don’t know how much he knows but I know he will be more than happy to talk to you if you want to ring him. I’d rather not publish my parents’ number to the whole world but if you find me on Facebook I can PM you. Or if you leave a message in the Guestbook of the website, with your email address, I’ll contact you that way.

    My Mum lived in Gidea Park (Romford) and remembers going to work at 14 on the train into Liverpool Street seeing the V1/2′s hovering … and everybody hitting the deck when the noise stopped. She’s probably got some stories as well!

    So, I hope to be in contact with you again soon.