Being the home of the Spitfire, Southampton was a target for German bombers. The first bomb fell on 19th June 1940 and the last, a Doodlebug, on 15th July 1944. 2,631 high explosive bombs and 30, 652 incendiary bombs were recorded. There were about 60 raids killing 631.
There is a memorial seat to these events in Hollybrook Cemetery made out of town rubble.
Southampton lost 12.5% of its housing stock – more than any other city in the U.K. There were 3, 589 buildings destroyed and about 40, 000 damaged. The worst bombing was on the night of 30 November/1 December 1940.
Our aim is to jointly compile the most concise A – Z of Southampton.
This can contain any object, fact or person which has a trial of history attached. This should be described in approximately 200 words and supported with a photograph to share with our community.
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If your post is uploaded to our website, then your name will be entered into our raffle which is drawn twice yearly. The winner will receive a unique voucher as detailed in our information pack.