A bomber crater near the parish church, Leamington, October 1940, which caused considerable damage and one fatality.
A bomber crater near the parish church, Leamington, October 1940, which caused considerable damage and one fatality.

Dramatic photos show the devastating damage after bombs landed on Leamington 80 years ago

In October 1940, an area of 300 yards around the parish church was blasted by a stick of six bombs and a woman in a car died

Friday, 9th October 2020, 5:55 pm

The Midlands was a prime target for the German bomber pilots during World War II who carried maps of strategic locations.

Much of the country's aircraft and armaments production was located here and after the Nazi defeat in the Battle of Britain, Hitler ordered attacks on towns and cities.

Leamington was hit during the summer and autumn of 1940 when bombs fell across the central area but there were few casualties.

The Lockheed factory was hit in January 1941 and June and July in 1942. Despite extensive damage, the factory continued production.

On August 23, 1940, Ranelagh Terrace was bombed.

The devastation to a market garden in Raneleigh Terrace, Leamington, on Friday August 23, 1940, when a single Dormer bomber dropped a stick of bombs just before noon.

Homes were also destroyed or damaged. Clarence Street and Eagle Street were also hit as was Flavel's social club.

The target may have been Flavels, which was engaged in war production.

On October 20 an area of 300 yards around the parish church was blasted by a stick of six bombs and a woman in a car died.

More damage was done in November, including the bombing in Kenilworth, which we will cover next month.

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