May 1940




First Civilian Deaths in England

The ARP and police were to stand on a large 'water tank' during their rescue of casualties in Victoria Road, Clacton.

Frederick Gill and his wife Dorothy became the first civilian fatal casualties of the war in England, when a Heinkel bomber crash landed on their house, No. 25 Victoriia Road, Clacton. Moments later there was an enormous explosion. The plane had been circling over Clacton in Essex for about half an hour before it came down, and many people looking out of the windows were injured in the blast.