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
LCC and Civil Defence workers seen here clearing up following a V2 explosion at the Red
LCC and Civil Defence workers seen here clearing up following a V2 explosion at the Red Lion pub on the corner of Duke Street and Barrett Street, just yards from Selfridges. A canteen situated in the Selfridges Annex building was seriously damage. Eight American servicemen were killed along with 10 civilians and 32 serious injuries in the explosion. 7th December 1944
Avro Lancaster planes of RAF Bomber Command carpet bomb a road junction near Villers
Avro Lancaster planes of RAF Bomber Command carpet bomb a road junction near Villers Bocage, Normandy, Northern France through which the 2nd and 9th SS Panzer Divisions were expected to move to carry out an attack on the junction of the British and American armies.
The daylight attack, by 266 aircraft of Nos. 3, 4 and 8 Groups, was carried out at 4,000 feet to ensure that the target indicators dropped by the Pathfinders were seen and 1,100 tons of bombs were dropped with great accuracy.
20th June 1944