Event    From 7/9/1940  To /5/1941

The Blitz

Categories: Tragedy

During WW2 Britain came under heavy bombing from Germany for 8 months, 1940-1941. This was called 'the Blitz' from the German word Blitzkrieg meaning 'lightning war'. London was particularly badly hit, especially at the start, being attacked every day/night of the first 57 days, except one. The objectives were the destruction of industrial targets, and to break the morale of the civilian population. But the Blitz failed, on both fronts, leaving London with extensive physical damage but a new psychological weapon, the Blitz spirit.

This interactive map shows all of the bombs dropped on London during the Blitz.

2019: Spitalfields Life posted a number of central London buildings that bear the scars of war.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
The Blitz

Commemorated atInformation

Abbey Road Depot - WW2 ARP members lost

Bill Wallis is described on the plaque as 'ARP Stretcher Bearer'. Which we ta...

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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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Bank Station WW2 bomb

{Above the London Underground roundel:} In remembrance of the fifty six peopl...

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William Drake

William Drake

For more information about this hero click on the picture of his plaque.

Person, Tragedy

1 memorial
James Foster

James Foster

Ghost Bikes provides a lot of info on James. He worked at Mosquito Bikes on Essex Road and was the inspiration for the original Ghost Cycle website in the UK.

Person, Cyclist, Tragedy, Australia

1 memorial
John H. Maynard

John H. Maynard

Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Court Downs Road, Beckenham, Kent on 16 April 1941. Andrew Behan has kindly carried out some research on this man:  Fireman John Henry Maynard was born...

Person, Emergency Services, Tragedy

1 memorial
Stephen A. Parsons

Stephen A. Parsons

Stephen Alan Parsons was born on the 11 February 1952 the eldest child of Alan Goldsworth Parsons (1925-1980) and Jean Margaret Parsons née Huxstep (1932-2002). His birth was registered in the Hatf...

Person, Tragedy

1 memorial
Robert O. Sargent

Robert O. Sargent

Role on the lost expedition: Officer on SS Erebus. See John Franklin.

Person, Exploring, Tragedy

1 memorial