20 January 2013

20th Jan 1943: 40 children killed; salmon for cat

20 Wed. Mild, 52 degrees, fair morning, dull and rain later. Warning at 12.35 p.m. 25 fighter bombers crossed the S.E. coast with 100 fighters as escort. 6 of them reached London but only saw evidence of two. Only very light gunfire; the planes flew about 30,000ft up an the engines were scarcely audible. Some damage was done and one bomb fell on an L.C.C. school and killed 30 children. Eleven of the enemy were destroyed; all clear at 1.15 p.m. Cycled to find something for Dinky but had eventually to buy a small tin of salmon. Warning at 8.37 p.m. nothing to report. All clear at 9.0 p.m. Warning from 10.50 to 11.7 p.m. Nothing approached.

Note: a single 500kg bomb killed  40 children and six staff. This was Sandhurst Road School on Minard Road in Catford.

The names of those who died
The school, past and present
Eyewitness reports and photos
Wikipedia account of the tragedy

The school later the same year. Before the bombing the school was twice this size, the left-hand side has disappeared.

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