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Balham Station bombing

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Balham Station bombing

Event  From 14/10/1940  To 14/10/1940

Categories: War Memorial WW2, Tragedy

During World War 2 Balham was one of many deep tube stations designated for use as a civilian air raid shelter. At 20:02 on 14 October 1940, a 1400kg semi-armour piercing fragmentation bomb fell on the road above the northern end of the platform tunnels, creating a large crater into which a bus then crashed. The northbound platform tunnel partially collapsed and was filled with earth and water from the fractured water mains and sewers above, which also flowed through the cross-passages into the southbound platform tunnel. We believe 67 civilians and London Transport staff were killed.

World War II Today has more details and photographs. The incident features in Ian McEwan's novel 'Atonement'. This and the subsequent film both get the date wrong.

London News Online has another, colour, photo of this scene, from a different angle.

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Balham Station bombing - 1

In memory of the 64 people killed at this station by a wartime bomb 14th Octo...

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Balham Station bombing - 2

{Beneath the London Transport logo:} In remembrance of the civilians and Lond...

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Balham Station bombing - 3

In remembrance of the civilians and London Transport staff who were killed at...

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