More heavy bombing of Swansea

The ancient centre of Swansea was lost. The 12th century Church of St Mary was gutted and the medieval tomb of Sir Matthew Craddock damaged beyond repair.

I remember vividly the yellowy full moon over what is today the Penlan area, undeveloped then; large flares floating over the Fforestfach area a garden of twinkling incendiary bombs. Behind these I could discern a back cloth of reddish haze as buildings began to blaze.

See Gordon Denis’s full account on BBC People’s War..

“…too scared to go to bed. In the flicks [cinema] when it started…Water and gas off. I feel shaken and worn out for lack of sleep.”

See Nora Sandin’s Diary at People at War which has other images of the Swansea Blitz.

Swansea.
On each night the concentration of bombing was on the centre of the town and adjacent working-class districts. The result was extensive damage to business premises and private houses, but comparatively little to industry. The most serious effect on production was caused by the dislocation of utility services, all of which were affected.

The railways were seriously disorganised. Traffic on the main G.W.R. line was suspended, High Street Station was closed and the L.M.S. line was blocked at Mumbles Road. The situation was eased by diversion and the use of buses. Only four key points were hit; in all cases damage was slight, except in the docks where a shed containing degaussing equipment was destroyed by fire.

Casualties.

For the week ending 0600 hours, the 26th February, casualties are estimated to have been 284 people killed and 433 injured, of which 200 were killed and 254 injured at Swansea.

From the Home Security Situation Report for the week ending 27th February 1941, see TNA CAB 66/15/19

See also BBC People’s War for bomb in Shepherds Bush.

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Editor July 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

Hi Jennifer

I am not much of an expert on individual service histories. A first starting point would be to get a complete a picture of what military unit your father was serving in, date of birth etc. You could then start looking for the relevant research guide at : http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guide-listing.htm#

There are also plenty of commercial organisations that can help with this kind of search.
best regards

Martin

jennifer Kruger July 10, 2011 at 12:15 am

CAN YOU HELP? MY LATE FATHER MR MICHAEL JOSEPH CULLEN WAS ON 24HRS LEAVE, BEFORE BEING TRANFERED TO CRETE, HE WAS NEAR THE RAILWAY STATION IN SWANSEA,, THE BOMBING HAD JUST BEGAN,HE WAS APPARENTLY ORDERED ON TO A FIRE ENGINE,WHICH WAS TO ATTEND A LARGE DROPPING OF BOMBS ON TOWNHILL IN SWANSEA, HE WAS VERY SERIOUSLY INJURED, WITH SHRAPPNELL WOUNDS TO HIS FACE, HE SPENT SEVERAL WEEKS IN HOSPITAL, WHERE HE UNDERWENT OPERRATIONS FOR SKIN GRAFTS, HE WAS NEVER POSTED TO CRETE. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS STORY CAN YOU HELP ME PLEASE. IS IT IN HIS WAR RECORDS? HOW DO I OBTAIN THEM
MANY THANKS
JENNIFER.

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