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Re: Sheppey during WWII
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2017, 22:43:15 »
During WWII there were 22 air raids on Sheerness and Queenborough. c 100 high explosive bombs were dropped along with three mines, two oil, one firepot and one phosphorus.
There was also one VI and one V2. Two people were killed with ten injured.
80 buildings were destroyed, 220 badly damaged and another 1,500 slightly damaged.
Source The Battle of the East Coast (1939-1945) J P Foynes.
The raid in which the two fatalities occurred is detailed @ Sheerness Air Raid. 10 March 1941.
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Re: Sheppey during WWII
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 18:04:14 »
on the subject of aircraft in the sea, I have recently spoke to someone who maps the seabed for various projects, I asked him if he finds any old aircraft by finding four engines in a row or other tell tale signs, his reply was,
"the actual airframes disintegrate in the salt water but the engine blocks are visible on his equipement, but not in the position where the crash was as trawlers nets etc often drag the engines around the sea bed"

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Re: Sheppey during WWII
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 22:16:46 »
A good account of Leysdown and Warden Bay 1939-1940 by "Snipes"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/19/a2155619.shtml
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 21:38:02 »
From one of the many war diaries from the Sheerness Batteries:

27 Aug 43 - "Flying Fortress" bomber made forced landing in Thames Estuary off coast at Sheerness.

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Sheppey during WWII
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008, 09:37:44 »
Here are some extracts from the new book i bought the other week called A Sheppey War Diary, the extracts cover 2 days.

13/08/1940

Eastchurch Aerodrome - spitfire damaged in air raid.

Leysdown - Two british aircraft in sea (crashed).

Off Leysdown - Hurricane shot down into sea.  Pilot baled out, landed at Faversham.

Off Sheerness - Hurricane shot down into sea.  Pilot swam two miles to Sheppey.

Warden Bay - Messerschmitt Me 110 shot down into sea.  The crew of two were killed.

Eastchurch Aerodrome - 0655 - Approximately two hundred high explosive bombs (two hundred an
d fifty kilo and one hundred kilo) ten unexploded.  Casualties: Army, two killed eleven wounded.  RAF not reported.  Approximately ten others killed and forty wounded.  Damage to six hangers, station H.Q. huts, water supplies and telephone equipment.

Eastchuch - 0700 - Thirty one high explosive bombs.  One person killed, two seriously injured and two slightly injured.  Damage to property, water supplies, and telephones.  Railway blocked.  Restored 14/08/1940.

Leysdown - 0700 - Twenty nine high explosive bombs.  Damage to property and water mains.

Eastchurch - 0717 - Four high explosive bombs east of railway station.  Line blocked.

Leysdown Road - 0717 - Two high explosive bombs on B2008, four miles west of Village Road.

Leysdown Village - 0717 - Thirteen high explosive bombs.  Damage to property and water mains.

Landing ground at Leysdown - 0717 - Ten high explosive bombs.  No damage.

New hook Farm, Minster - 0717 - Four high explosive bombs.

New Rides Farm, Eastchurch - 0717 - Twenty high explosive bombs.  Slight damage to property.

Warden Road - 0717 - Five high explosive bombs.  Damage to overhead services north of Eastchurch.

Eastchurch - 0733 - High explosive bombs.  One slight casualty.

Leysdown - 0733 - One high explosive bomb.  One casualty.

Eastchurch - 1143 - Thirty five high explosive bombs.  Two slight casualties.  Railway line blocked.  Damage to gas, electric and telephones.

Leysdown - 1830 - Twenty high explosive bombs.  No casualties.

15/08/1940

Near South Lees Farm, Minster - High explosive bombs,

Sheppey - Damage to water supplies, telephones and railway.

Sheppey - 1545 - High explosive bombs.  No casualties.

Eastchurch - 1703 - Approximately one hundred and fifty small high explosive bombs.  
Aerodrome Road blocked.  No casualties.  Aerodrome badly cratered.  Water main broken.  Railway blocked and GPO line down.

This book is full of this information, it was expensive at 10 but definately worth the money!

 

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