In High Street South, East Ham, the White Horse Hotel was a victim twice in four days of Hitler’s flying bombs. The first bomb fell on June 23, 1944, in nearby Flanders Road. Six people were killed, six seriously injured, and many more injured. 2,135 houses were damaged, over 100 of them being either demolished or wrecked.
The bomb also did great damage to the Charrington’s White Horse. Men were doing temporary repairs to the hotel three days later when, at four o’clock in the afternoon, the second flying bomb exploded at the back. Nine were killed in this incident and 15 seriously injured; 1,765 more homes were either ruined or damaged.
These photos of WW2 bomb damage in London are from a collection of newspaper and magazine articles published in England during World War Two. My late grandfather gave these to me as he knew I was interested in London history.