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Into the Archives – The War Years

26th May 2015

The Hull Blitz was the Nazi German bombing campaign targeting on the English port city of Kingston upon Hull, during the Second World War.  Large-scale attacks took place on several nights in March 1941, resulting in some 200 deaths. The most concentrated attacks were between 3 and 9 May 1941, resulting in 400 deaths and another large-scale attack took place in July 1941 with around 140 fatalities.

The city spent more than 1,000 hours under alert during raids from 19 June 1940 to 1945, with a total of over 1,200 people in the city killed as a result of the bombing.

This concentration of armaments meant that the West Hull Villages remained largely unscathed but on the 9th March 1943, a raid over the then Blackburn Aircraft Ltd. left its mark.  The bomb crater can clearly be seen in the forefront of the first image but this had luckily just missed an air raid shelter.  No real information is available regards this incident but this again gives us a terrifying insight into the war years in Brough.

Posted by HEP Communications | 26 May 2015

Photo credits: BAE System (Operations) Ltd.