The archive records for each Divisional police area, approximately equivalent to a London borough, contain page after page of records, with one or two pages for each day. The records for Plaistow for the 19th March 1941 are somewhat longer than usual, as this raid was the largest on London since the 29th December 1940, but is representative of the type of detail recorded. There is one unusual ‘feature’ – the death of Police Sergeant Murray, killed by blast in the Barking Road, on his way to an incident at the height of the raid.
The week was characterised by a series of heavy raids, mostly on a number of ports and on London. Many were widespread, although docks or industrial dwellings in specific areas received the greater proportion of the bombs. Twenty-one R.A.F. Stations or aerodromes were hit, but with only slight damage.