Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my late grandfather.
ONE of the worst of the V2 rocket incidents happened in March, 1945, when the fish, fruit, and vegetable market at the corner of Farringdon Road and Charterhouse Street was hit during morning shopping hours.
Over 100 people were killed outright and 123 received injuries, many of them serious. Out of a welter of fallen girders, masonry, glass, and debris came the screams and shouts of the injured and the trapped. Rescue squads released those who could be got at, but for many hours afterwards the search for victims went on, and bloodhounds were brought in to help.
The corner shop was that of J. Mack, an old trader who started in the street with a barrow. On the opposite corner in Charterhouse Street there was a long queue of women outside Hart’s, the butchers.
Many of them were victims of the blast and flying debris. Part of the cold stores of the Union Cold Storage Company and of the Port of London Authority were penetrated by the bomb.
This was one of the very last of Hitler’s bombs to fall on “Southern England.”