Military => Air Raids => Topic started by: DoverDan on February 28, 2010, 16:08:39

Title: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: DoverDan on February 28, 2010, 16:08:39
(http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx299/Doverdan/BeachSt.jpg)
Beach st after a parachute mine exploded at 4.am on the 18th november 1940.
The single mine claimed the lives of 14 people as well injuring 60 others, also 56 shops and homes were either badly damaged or destroyed
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: unfairytale on February 28, 2010, 16:43:38
Pilot Unteriffizier Webber and Gunner Franz Kraus were both killed when their 'Stuka' dive bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst attacking Hawkinge airfield and came down in Folkerstone.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2789/4395515414_822b9dc65e.jpg)
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: DoverDan on March 04, 2010, 22:21:24
Farmer J.A. Heritage inspecting a bomb crater on his land in September 1940
(http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx299/Doverdan/Parkfm.jpg)
I've tried to work out the exact location and i think its where Folkestone cricket clubs main pitch is now. The long row of trees that runs from the left of the photo to top right is Cherry garden ave.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: Andy C on April 23, 2010, 07:59:03
Excellent picture you've found. I have a 1945 copy of Frontline Folkestone (by Folkestone, Hythe, and District Herald) with map and it's not easy to identify where exactly this is from that. The only recorded attack for September in this area was on the 13th of September where bombs landed in the Park Farm area. You are correct in that the trees running up the left side of the picture is Cherry Garden Avenue which at the time only ran as far as Cherry Garden Lane after which it ran into Hill Road which was not open to traffic (the tree lined road running left to right underneath Castle Hill).

The picture seems too close to the road to be where the cricket pitch is now as this is further along Cheriton Road (behind what is now Morrisions). If we could identify the small row of trees just above the farmers head then it may help locate it better. Failing that the only bomb hits shown on the map that it could be are within what was the Folkestone Golf Links (now Park Farm industrial estate, Lynwood and Broadmead housing estates.

The cricket ground is showing as having received 1 HE bomb hit and 1 HE shell hit.

I don't have the land owners for that area for that period but I should be able to find the information out to see which farm the land was on (Broadmead and Park Farm would be the nearest).

Here are the Air Raid figures for Folkestone from the previously mentioned book.

Raid Warnings  2914   Local Alarm Signals 1235   Shell Warnings 102
No. of Air Raids  102   No. of HE Bombs   519    Parachute mines  4
Killed&
nbsp; 88   Seriously injured  152   Slightly injured  308

Flying bombs - destroyed on or over Folkestone   26
                    destroyed seawards of folkestone  602
                    Killed 3   Seriously injured  24  Slightly injured  128

Shelling - no. of occasions  36
             Shells on land  218
             Killed 32  Seriously injured  64   Slightly injured 102

Properties badly damaged  - 14,141!

Casualty totals - Killed 123  Seriously injured 240  Slightly injured  538
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: DoverDan on May 02, 2010, 12:30:48
This photo shows where a shell pierced the chimney of Tolputts timber yard on Tram road near the harbour on the 23rd December 1943 causing extensive damage to the yard but amazingly leaving the chimney standing.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3498/4570855490_c61c250946_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: DoverDan on May 23, 2010, 11:19:57
This is Ship street after an attack on the Folkestone gasworks which were on the other side of the road on 24th April 1942.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4631668650_ab18666bfe_b.jpg)
After the area was cleared in 1946 99 squadron ATC (air cadets) moved here and are still there today.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: dave254 on June 03, 2010, 16:12:37
Incase anyone wasent aware, the Stuka became entangled in the high power electrical lines from shorncliffe substation, the houses in the picture are on shorncliffe crescent (the west end)
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: DoverDan on June 12, 2010, 13:38:22
Folkestones Royal Victoria hospital after recieving a direct hit from a German shell on 14th September 1944. Two members of staff and a passing member of the home guard were killed.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4692596213_02746e1e3e_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: DoverDan on August 19, 2010, 19:50:29
This photo was released by the Press and Censorship Bureau on 27th August 1940 and is captioned 'first pictures of actual bombing of a residential area. This amazing picture secured by our photographer during the ruthless bombing of Folkestone shows clearly the bombs bursting over the residential area.'
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4120/4908021126_d695f415bb_b.jpg)
The main explosion seen is from a bomb which hit Marine terrace on 26th August. This was the worst day of bombing so far in Folkestone with 5 killed and 24 injured as well as 6 properties destroyed, 53 badly damaged and 356 slightly damaged.
 The worst hit though was Salters laundry in the Park farm area which was completly destroyed with 3 workers killed.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: DoverDan on August 27, 2010, 20:03:50
Another view of the Stuka dive bomber which crashed at Shorncliffe crescent.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4932237815_7c5ca5a53b_b.jpg)

10/LG1 Junkers Ju 87B. Harried by No.501 Squadron Hurricanes during dive bombing sortie over Channel. Blundered into HT cables at More Hall, Folkestone and crashed into houses in Shorncliffe Crescent 5.30pm.
Uffz. H. Weber killed.  Uffz. F.H. Kraus baled out severely wounded, landing outside 81  Harcourt road. Admitted to Royal Victoria hospital but died three days later. both airmen were buried in Folkestone New cemetery, Hawkinge. Dates of death given for both airmen as 15th August 1940.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: DoverDan on September 04, 2010, 12:10:34
Dive bomber attack of Folkestone 26th August 1940. The Leas cliff lift can be seen in the foreground.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/4956120995_9a9964a206_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: DoverDan on October 18, 2010, 19:03:37
Randolph road, Dover.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5094169922_2d9dd7f572_b.jpg)
All the damage seen here was caused by a single Parachute Mine dropped by a lone bomber on 12th June 1941. This resulted in 16 deaths, including six of a family of seven and caused 200,000 worth of damage.
The intended target for the mine would have been the Union road (Coombe Valley) Gasworks, out of shot to the right of the photo.
Note the Anderson shelter (bottem right) still standing proud a few feet from what looks like the point of detonation!!.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: Paolo on May 30, 2011, 11:29:00
The line of trees in the picture of Heritage's land will be alongside the Pent Stream, now piped under Broadmead and flowing into the pond outside the Master Brewer.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: Sentinel S4 on May 30, 2011, 11:51:06
In the pic of the Farmer investigating a new pond, bomb crater, there is an interesting mark on the hill behind him. I am not sure which of the hills it is but it looks like a tunnel has been bored about 40' below the summit. There are two trails coming down from this hole that look like an aerial rope way or cable worked incline (like the Lees cliff). Any one got any ideas? Sentinel S4.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: keniff on May 30, 2011, 12:03:17
Incase anyone wasent aware, the Stuka became entangled in the high power electrical lines from shorncliffe substation, the houses in the picture are on shorncliffe crescent (the west end)

No's 82 & 83 Shorncliffe Crescent.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: Paolo on May 30, 2011, 15:13:09
In the pic of the Farmer investigating a new pond, bomb crater, there is an interesting mark on the hill behind him. I am not sure which of the hills it is but it looks like a tunnel has been bored about 40' below the summit. There are two trails coming down from this hole that look like an aerial rope way or cable worked incline (like the Lees cliff). Any one got any ideas? Sentinel S4.

You're asking for ideas, Sentinel.  An RAF plane, piloted by a local lad, was shot up on a mission and he tried to get back and land at Hawkinge. He failed to make it and crashed into the hillside.  Could this be the spot, with the trails made by either impact or recovery of the wreckage?  Any installation such as you mention would surely have been camouflaged.  I know no more details of the plane but will research.  The story was told to me by his widow.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: Sentinel S4 on May 30, 2011, 16:38:11
It is a possibility but I think that it looks like a building of sorts. I zoomed in and there appears to another to the left and just around the corner. I just GE'd the site and think that one would be just below the craters on the top of Castle Hill or is it CaesarsCamp as I am never sure which is which. If you do look at the pic and zoom in to 200% it really looks like a building with a wall missing.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: smiler on February 24, 2012, 13:28:03
March 23rd 1942 Nine staff members of the East Kent Road Car Company were killed today when bombs fell in St James St Dover. Most of those that died were in the air raid shelter. The Carlton Club next door was also hit and among those killed were former mayor William Austen and Donald McKenzie, manager of the Co-op Bakery.

 Volunteers have been helping soldiers to search for survivors while ambulances ran a shuttle service to the hospital. It is believed the death toll will be about 16. 

 Kent a chronicle of the century by Bob Ogley.
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: smiler on November 01, 2012, 15:18:22
       Castle Street Dover September 1944
   (http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af310/smiler2/Images%20for%20Kent%20forum/scan0001-15.jpg)
Title: Re: Dover and Folkestone - WWII, Shelling and Bombing
Post by: GP on August 22, 2015, 10:05:00
Today 22nd August is the anniversary of the start of the Dover shelling in WW2 by Germany.

Here is a YouTube link, of the German Gun. seems an impressive piece of kit, compared with the British response. 'Winnie and Poo', which I think were never much saw action.

https://youtu.be/Q5TrWUfMQNw