Workmen clear away debris from collapsed Lantern Roof from Westminster Abbey'
Workmen clear away debris from collapsed Lantern Roof from Westminster Abbey's High Altar caused by incendiary bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe in the course of one of the heaviest air raids on London.
Westminster Abbey itself was fortunate not to be struck directly by high explosive bombs, but at around 12am, 11 May, the Abbey precincts and roof were hit by several 1kg incendiary bombs. Most of the incendiaries were extinguished by the Abbey's ARP wardens but one out of reach, ignited amongst the wooden beams and plaster vault of the Lantern roof. Flames rapidly spread: burning beams and molten lead began to fall onto the wooden stalls, pews 130 feet below. Clergy and Abbey staff dragged away as much combustible furniture as possible before they were forced to withdraw due to the heat and falling debris. It was this action that prevented the spread of fire throughout the Abbey?s interior.
Finally, the Lantern roof crashed down into the crossing, depositing a pile of heavy debris in front of the High Altar, damaging the pulpit and stalls and filling the Quire and Sanctuary with masonry rubble, charred timbers and splashes of super-heated lead. 11 May 1941
Bomb damage to Bridlington in the North East of England after Germain airmen of
Bomb damage to Bridlington in the North East of England after Germain airmen of the Luftwaffe bombed the town in an air raid in July 1940.
Five people were killed including two girls in a hairdressers business which operated here before the high explosive blasted it out of existence.
Picture shows: All that remains of the hairdressing premises after the attack.
11th July 1940
Scene showing the bomb damage in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk following an air raid by
Scene showing the bomb damage in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk following an air raid by the German Luftwaffe.
German planes dropped around 1,500 incendiary bombs and eight high explosive weapons over the town in the early hours of the morning on 25th June 1942.
Picture shows A reredos with figures of christ stand undamaged amid the ruins of the 12th Century the morning after the raid