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Offline MickG

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West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 15 February, 2019, 05:08:31 PM »
The following series of maps show the record locations of various war paraphernalia that fell on the County Borough of West Ham during World War II between 1939-1945. Item recorded include High Explosive bombs, Parachute Mines, Incendiary Bombs, Oil Bombs, Anti-Aircraft Shells, Crashed Aircraft, U.P Ammunition, Phosphorous Bombs, Parachute Bombs, Flying Bombs and Long Range Rockets.

The are other websites showing bombs that fell on Greater London only during the Blitz during 1940-1941.




















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Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« Reply #1 on: 16 February, 2019, 01:26:03 PM »
Hi Mick, thanks for posting those maps, they make some very interesting viewing.
Ken.

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Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« Reply #2 on: 16 February, 2019, 02:00:30 PM »
Hi Mick thanks for the posting.  On the original maps that I used to get up on the Newham history site the maps shown were numbered from one to six to cover various areas of West Ham.  There was also a heading which described the type of weapon which was colour coded ie yellow for a V2 blue for a V1.
I believe I thought there was a discrepancy with the map showing the Custom House Area ,I cannot remember a V1 landing in prince regents lane near to where the V2 shown in a previous posting landed.  The other one was at the top of Jersey road Freemasons road end where a V1 came down .I walked past that area every day on my way to School.  Sorry if I am showing doubts about the accuracy of the records from those days but I was there at the same time and I don,t think my memory is that bad??.

Regards Harry.I.

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Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« Reply #3 on: 16 February, 2019, 08:33:34 PM »
A wonderful post Mick, thankyou. An interesting aspect of this is that the map shows my childhood playgrounds I don't know what my generation would have done without bombsites.

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Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« Reply #4 on: 17 February, 2019, 11:21:42 AM »
Hi Bob L, I agree, the bombsite was our playgrounds, digging under rubble as soon as the all clear had sounded & swinging from the roof trusses on a piece of rope, you could hear squeals of laughter from many happy kids.
Bugger health & safety, we were having fun when all around was doom & gloom.
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Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« Reply #5 on: 17 February, 2019, 02:52:11 PM »
Try  viewing the british film Hope and Glory ,you pre war boys will remember the antics of this film witch shows Harry and Ken etc playing up non the bomb sites, alas I was born in 44 so missed some of this skylarking but used to play on our local bomb sites and some left over a.a. guns . The film I'm sure is a true mirror on life then await your commemts .The remains of the dug out for our anderson shelter later became our fish pond with the fancy concrete wavy edging created by the corogated roof shape  .

 All the best Ed

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« Reply #6 on: 17 February, 2019, 05:26:38 PM »
Hi Ed I remember that particular time Eh?.  Remember seeing that film on tv brought back some memories good and bad , hearing the first air raid warning and being told by a woman who owned flower shop at the corner of Scott Street Canning Town,  quick son run home which I did not knowing what was happening!!! Lots of things came back to mind like wearing the little peaked cap which was referred to  as looking like a pimple on a pigs Ar--e. Also there was a play on TV on the play for today series called Blue  Remembered Hills with adults playing children, actors were Colin Welland ,Michael Elphic,John Bird,Hellen Mirren,And  Colin Jeaves.  Quite good if you can get it back on something like You Tube it is well worth a look .  Regards Harry.I.( one of the War Time Urchins!!)

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Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« Reply #7 on: 17 February, 2019, 06:13:49 PM »
Hi
I think I've finally managed to work out how to post a picture so here goes. I am attempting to post a map
that I have of all the V2 impacts on Newham. Its quite a large file so if it doesn't upload perhaps someone can advise me on the best way to go about it

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Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« Reply #8 on: 17 February, 2019, 06:16:39 PM »
That was as much use a s a chocolate teapot, or as my grandad used to say a one legged man in an a**e kicking contest.

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Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« Reply #9 on: 18 February, 2019, 01:34:37 PM »
Hi Ed, lots of memories of those days, but one that I will always remember, that of having to carry the little cardboard box on a string which contained the gas mask. It was as if it was the crown jewels, bed, toilet, you name it, it followed you everywhere, the bloody thing got in the way, playing football, climbing around in deserted houses, a right nuisance at the best of times, but crikey if you were caght without it you were for a wallop & ordered to the Anderson shelter to serve your time. Whatever happened to all those thousands of gas masks after the war?
Ken.

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Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« Reply #10 on: 18 February, 2019, 01:47:03 PM »
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Having to wear one of these in a hot classroom for an hour +
created many lapses of concentration.
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