Only a few incidents of bombing this week

Clearing up after a relatively random bombing raid hit Ardwick Street, Bolton on the 12th October 1941.



There was no bombing during daylight. On one night of the week no bombs were dropped, and on four nights bombing was limited to a few incidents, mainly in the North-East of England and East Anglia. On the two other nights (the 11th/12th and 12th/13th) there was some increase in the number of bombing incidents, but no concentrated attack was made.


Apart from slight interference with railway and utility services, damage has been confined to private property. The most serious incidents occurred on the night of the 12th/13th, when several houses were demolished in Manchester, Clayton, Denton and Oldham.

Casualties for the week ending 0600 the 15th October are estimated at 61 killed and 69 seriously injured. Twenty-three of the fatal casualties occurred at Oldham on the night of the 12th/13th.

From the Home Security Situation Report for the week see TNA CAB 66/19/15

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colin lowe March 1, 2019 at 8:34 pm

I was a young schoolboy living in Deane,Bolton. early in the war a bomb dropped on wigan road at the junction with chip hill road, Deane. It hit a manhole on Wigan road, which cushioned the blast, it brought down just the front bricks of some of the fronts of the row of terraced houses that stand there. We went up, before going to school to look at the damage. We gazed at the houses, not so much the bomb damage, but that while the front bricks had all fallen, everything in the bedrooms was undamaged, like looking into a dolls house. It’s what we talked about most at school that day. I would be about 8years old. You can go there today and you will still see that the bricks on that terrace row are of different shades, and there is still a manhole in the same spot, 79 years on.

stuart January 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Completing a repair on a phone line for a 96 year old 26/01/19. I asked if she could remember the war. She told me about the bomb which landed on Manley rd oldham she was 16 years old. The bomb killed a family of six and not a shred of them was left. It landed on their delicatessen business which made the most delicious cakes.

Doreen Simpson October 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm

I survived the bomb which fell on my headmasters house and killed his wife Mrs Stott. I waswas 3years old and was in the shelter in my grandmas living room. They were neighbours of the Stotts . When the bomb exploded the shock waves rocked my grandparents house. Soot fell down the chimney and the electricity failed. hearing that Mrs Stott was buried grandad and other neighbours went out to dig her out. Grandma told grandad to change his best trousers before he went. He returned hours later to tell us she was dead. My grandma looked at him and said Bill you daft “b—-r” you put your best trousers on in the dark.
My father slept through it all in bed in our nearby home. He did fire watch on the roof of the nearby mill and was tired out that night.

Stuart Elliott September 23, 2018 at 12:32 am

Would there be any information concerning a raid on 31st August 1940 where a number of bombs were dropped on Middleton, Lancs…. eight failed to explode landing on a railway bank. Royal Engineers subsequently rendered them safe with at least one George Medal awarded for gallantry. Any information would be gratefully valued. Thank you.

Laurie Manton September 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

I wonder if Alan Noden knows what damage was done to Hollingwood Cemetery by the bomb and where Amy and John Hughes of 6 Incline Road, Hollingwood who were killed in the raid fit in to the list of bombed locations? Very useful information on the post, thank you!

Alan Noden May 13, 2016 at 11:18 pm

12th October 1941 Oldham bombed

Sirens sounded at 11-06pm
The raid lasted 112 minutes

Bombs (H.E.) landed at :-

Foxdenton Lane
Behind the Elk mill – Broadway
Hollinwood cemetry
Oak Road, Hollins
Lilac Lane, Hollins
In the lodge of the Twist
St. Margaret’s Institute, Incline Road
Green Lane – Garden Suburbs
The boys football ground – Fredrick Street
Manley Road
Mirfield Avenue
Cranberry Street, Glodwick
West Lea school
Napier Street East
Werneth Hall Road
Breeze Hill Road
Werneth Golf Course
In the grounds of the “Coppice” – Windsor Road
Chamber colliery bowling green

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