The Home Security Situation report for the week records that:
Up to the 15th February, 1941, the following damage to domestic house property in London and elsewhere has been reported ::—
Destroyed and damaged beyond repair—
In London 33,595
Seriously damaged but repairable—
In London 123,395
In just one incident on the 13th February:
at Hendon 366 houses were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable and a further 400 suffered damage by a single large-calibre bomb. Seventy-five people were killed and 145 seriously injured.
On the 15th February 1941 Vere Hodgson recorded what she had learnt of the incident in her diary:
Heard the news of Thursday night’s damage today in the Mercury. I could not understand why one bomb should cause such a considerable amount of damage.
A lady explained to me that her son was on Hendon aerodrome with two W.R.A.F.s, and they saw the thing come down. It is a new kind of bomb. Had a flare attached to it. It fell on High St. before the Warning.
People were out and so did not stand a chance. It destroyed five streets of houses and spread damage for three miles – so the lady said. Many killed and injured and made homeless. It was a working class district of Hendon. The three young people on the roof found themselves tied in knots, and did not know if they were dead or alive.