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WW2 London bomb maps (link inside!)

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zac510

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5,546 posts

127 months

Monday 11th May 2009
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Curious about bomb damage during WW2 in my area so was googling a bit last night. I found these photographs of the official LCC maps on Flickr. They're very interesting.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yersinia/2948640929/

Once you have got into the map, click on 'all sizes' at the top and then the highest resolution. The quality isn't great but can't complain too much.

Somebody has started putting it on googlemaps, but for V2 bombs only ( link


DOOG

1,897 posts

167 months

Monday 11th May 2009
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Good find..

I was googling for this kind of thing only last week. There's what looks like blast damage on the warehouses opposite my flat, with the whole top floor of one built from different coloured bricks..

The map confirms blast damage..

I find this kind of stuff fascinating..

NiceCupOfTea

24,481 posts

172 months

Monday 11th May 2009
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Fascinating stuff yes

zac510

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5,546 posts

127 months

Monday 11th May 2009
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Yes, I've 'got' a V1 hit around the corner, I've walked past it a few times but I think it must have been rebuilt in period.

A friend's street not far away has a park about half way down it that links through the the next street. I always thought it was a bit out of place, turns out if was a V1 hit and obviously never rebuilt. There may be a memorial there.

mybrainhurts

88,568 posts

176 months

Monday 11th May 2009
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Sheffield City Sh!tty Council has a map showing the estimated entry points of unexploded bombs, whose whereabouts are unknown to this day. Seems they can travel a long way underground.

They keep it secret.

I feel a FoI request coming on...smile
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tubbystu

3,846 posts

181 months

Monday 11th May 2009
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Fantastic thumbup

The devastation around St Paul's on section 62 is alarming even when you know from history how heavily it was bombed/targetted.

The tower seems unmarked - or is that because its a military site and details wouldn't be published ? Buckingham Palace too, and we know that got hit on more than one occasion.

Eric Mc

95,423 posts

186 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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As did the House of Commons.

I'm considering contacting the Luftwaffe to ask if they are interested in coming back for a second go.

mybrainhurts

88,568 posts

176 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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rofl...you beaut

loafer123

6,027 posts

136 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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I've got the atlas which covers the whole of London, published by the London Topographical Society, which is fascinating. It shows bomb damage degrees across London and where V1 & V2 rockets landed. Now out of print, unfortunately.

If you like this sort of thing, I highly recommend joining the LTS. The annual publication is usually worth several times the subscription, and has included, over the years, simple small books of articles, limited edition drawings and reproductions, and the atlas.

http://www.topsoc.org/index.htm



Jimbeaux

30,558 posts

152 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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Eric Mc said:
As did the House of Commons.

I'm considering contacting the Luftwaffe to ask if they are interested in coming back for a second go.
rofl

HiRich

3,337 posts

183 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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Anyone have ideas about the coding. I'm seeing buildings marked in black, purple brown and tan, presumably meaning levels of damage, and circles (presumably rockets).

Certainly explains the state of my road, but one local notorious incident (the bombing of a dance hall) seems to be missing.

zac510

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5,546 posts

127 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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Key
Black - Total destruction
Purple - Damage beyond repair
Dark Red - Seriously damaged, doubtful if repairable
Light Red - Seriously damaged, repairable at cost
Orange - General blast damage, minor in nature
Yellow - Blast damage, minor in nature
Green - Clearance areas
Small circle - V2 Bomb
Large circle - V1 bomb

Traveller

3,658 posts

138 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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Eric Mc said:
As did the House of Commons.

I'm considering contacting the Luftwaffe to ask if they are interested in coming back for a second go.
smile If they need any direction I have a spare sat nav they can use.

HiRich

3,337 posts

183 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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zac510 said:
Key
Fascinating. As I thought, our entire street was hit, and just four of the original Victorian houses survived, devastation either side.

Saddle bum

4,184 posts

140 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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I could see details of the buildings where my grandparents were killed and my father seriously injured.

Mexico.

1,254 posts

108 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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Great find i love all this stuff smile

TheEnd

15,370 posts

109 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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Actually, i've been researching this for the last week or too for Birmingham.
There is a combined map in the central library where all the bombs, (including type - HE, Incendiary or UXB) and also any downed Luftwaffe stuff.
A German bomber apparently crashed/crash landed about half a mile from me, so i'm trying to discover if that is true.


That's a pic of a B'ham city bomb map (i don't have anything in higher res though)


And a B'ham pub

TheEnd

15,370 posts

109 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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I forgot to mention this as well
http://www.swanshurst.org/barra/search.asp

It's a searchable archive of Birmingham Air Raid Casualties

Dogwatch

4,669 posts

143 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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Eric Mc said:
As did the House of Commons.

I'm considering contacting the Luftwaffe to ask if they are interested in coming back for a second go.
Unfortunately the occupants are too busy with their property improvements to bother with attending most of the time so it wouldn't change much, except the view from Westminster Bridge.

Went to a talk on bomb damage on the Southern last night. Stories of passengers waiting on the station platforms while the Bomb Squad disarmed the latest crop of bombs nearby. If they had done the sort of precautionary evacuation they do today nothing would ever have moved.

DrTre

12,955 posts

153 months

Tuesday 12th May 2009
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TheEnd said:

And a B'ham pub
Then or now?

Cool thread.