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Soho Fire Station WW2 bomb

Event  From 7/10/1940  To 7/10/1940

Categories: War Memorial WW2, Tragedy

The picture source provides: "On the evening of Oct. 7, 1940, Soho fire station in central London took a direct hit during the Blitz, killing Station Officer William Wilson and Auxiliary Firefighter Frederick Mitchell as well as two passersby. The station's fire apparatus sustained damage."

West End at War has another photo showing the damage to the building above the fire station. Here we learn that "Shaftesbury Avenue Fire Station (built in 1887 and renamed the Soho Fire Station in 1921), suffered severe damage and was virtually demolished. Two passers-by sheltering in the doorway were killed and several firemen inside the Station also died or were seriously injured. Three fire engines were covered in debris and the Station entrances were completely blocked. Survivors from the building escaped by sliding down the debris, dazed but otherwise unhurt. In 1942, a temporary station structure was put in place; this building remained in use until a new Soho Fire Station was opened at 126 Shaftesbury Avenue in 1983."

Firestations has a photo of this station 29 July 1981, showing the "temporary station structure" which served for over 40 years.

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Soho Fire Station - Wilson and Mitchell

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