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Easterly Road, Bomb Damage

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Easterly Road, Bomb Damage
Description:
1st September 1940 Image shows onlookers and officials inspecting houses on Easterly Road struck by a German Bomb. All the windows have been blown out and filers are inspecting the roof damage. The exact location on Easterly Road of these houses are unknown and any information would be gratefully received.

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W.MALLINSON

Comment:
GOING FROM MEMORY I BELIEVE THE HOUSE THAT WAS BOMBED WAS BEHIND SOME SPARE GROUNDJUST BELOW THE SHOPS AT OAKWOOD LANE.BEHIND THE FINA GARAGE.I REMEMBER GOING TO SEE THE HOUSE ITHINK I WAS ABOUT TEN OR ELEVEN YEARS OLD. MY DAD WAS CHIEF AIR RAID WARDEN FOR THAT AREA AT THAT TIME

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Margaret Barker

Comment:
Yes this was near Oakwood Lane. It was just below the Hollin Park Shops. My dad, Fred Shaw, was in the ARP at that time too. He was also in the British Red Cross.

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Tony King

Comment:
my late grandmother often told me about a bomb that landed in wasteland on the left hand side of hollin park parade as you face the parade. She said it was from german bombers targetting the vickers tank factory. The photo must have been taken from where the bomb hit looking out over the road to Hollin Park Terrace etc

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Margaret Barker nee Shaw

Comment:
My mother heard an unusual noise. She looked out of her bedroom window and saw this flying bomb pass by. It suddenly went quiet and then it exploded very near by at Hollin Park.

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margaret.barker1@btinternet.com

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Name:
Geoff Hampshire

Comment:
Magaret's comment about her mother' recalling it was flying bomb is very interesting. I didn't know northern England had been targeted with flying bombs. I wasn't aware the Germans launched flying bombs at mainland Britain until later on in the war. My late Grandad was on blackout watch at the time he always related to a German bomber dropping the bomb intended for the Vickers tank factory at Barnbow.

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Name:
Greg Oehm

Comment:
The damage in this photo certainly wasn't caused by a flying bomb, which weren't test-flown until 1941. They were first used operationally in June 1944 and had a range of 150 miles. The majority were launched from sites in the Pas de Calais, so these wouldn't have the range to reach Leeds, which is around 200 miles from these launch sites. Some may have been seen over Leeds between 1944 and 1945, though, as a small amount were launched at England from Heinkel 111s over the North Sea.

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greg.oehm@optusnet.com.au

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Name:
ken Wharton

Comment:
I have had various explanations as to why somewhere as innocuous or as strategically unimportant as Easterley Road might have been bombed. These include: 1} Jettisoning of a single unused bomb after a bombing raid further west (i.e. Liverpool or Barrow) 2} That it was aimed at the important railway sidings at Osmondthorpe 3} That it was aimed at the Yorkshire Copperworks (a munition factory) 4} That it was aimed at the Vickers Tank factory at Barnbow. Whatever the target, lets be grateful that the German bomb-aimer had an off night !

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ken_wharton@hotmail.com

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Name:
Baz

Comment:
Of the various guesses and assumptions of the bomb's intended target, no-one has recalled that The Blackburn Aircraft factory on Rounday Road was the closest. However, had 'it' been the target, the whole area would have been destroyed ... this was probably just a stray.

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Dr Tom Herron

Comment:
Hello Does anybody have information on German bomb that fell on Cross Flatts Park during WW2? I am carrying out research on Tony Harrison's poem 'Shrapnel' and, as yes, I can't find any info on this incident. Many thanks

Date:
03-Nov-2008

Email:
t.herron@leedsmet.ac.uk

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Name:
Peter

Comment:
In 2007 when they were building the Tesco's at the junction of Montague ave and Easterley road I spoke to an old man who was watching the construction from his garden opposite. He told me the week he had moved into his house with his parents,which he thought was in 1940, a bomb landed between where the tesco's is situated and where the older parade of shops are located nearer the roundabout.

Date:
29-Mar-2010

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peterleightonuk@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
sid cohen

Comment:
I can remember that the germans dropped dumped unexploded surplus bombs on the way home.The crater was opposite Oakwood Hotel and the photo shown was next door to where the Co-op stil stands.Some Semis were built on this site.

Date:
23-Dec-2011

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Mick Coates

Comment:
As a youngster growing up in Amberton Place I was told that a bomb was dropped somewhere close to what was the garage, (now tesco extra) by an older resident of the street, a Mr Gibison (deceased)

Date:
03-May-2013

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Trevor

Comment:
My Grandfather owned the fruit shop at No. 3 Hollin Park Parade and until the day he died he had a piece of shrapnel from the bomb on his dressing table. He said it came through the window and embeded itself in his bed head.

Date:
01-Jun-2013

Email:
jagt@btinternet.com

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Name:
Graham Hampshire

Comment:
When mother was 11year old German plane came across and starring bomb in at oakwood lane at 1942 and

Date:
12-Mar-2014

Email:
Graham.hampshire@ntlworld.com

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