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Weymouth World War 2

Air Raids in Weymouth Area

Date

Area Affected (number of bombs)

1940, July 27

Russell Avenue (no.12 demolished) (3); Marina Gardens (1); Watery Lane (1)

1940, August 11

Devenish & Groves Breweries; Hope Square (3); Newberry Gardens (2); Franchise St (3); St. Leonard's Rd (1); Buxton Rd Railway allotment (1); Clearmount Rd (2); Belle Vue Road (4); Old Castle Rd (2); Bincleaves House & Brewery allotments (4); Bincleaves (6); Longfield Rd (1); Underbarn (7); Connaught House (2); 102 Wyke Rd (1)

1940, August 11

Westham Cross Roads (5 (1 UXB)) junction of Abbotsbury Rd & Chickerell Rd, 2 houses of Ivy Bank Villas demolished; Newstead Rd (5) 1 fatality; junction of Newstead & Melbury Roads 3 at end of Melbury Rd demolished (4) ; Wardcliffe Rd (3); The Marsh (5)

1940, August 17

Dale Ave (1); Russell's Bakers shop, Weymouth Bay Ave (1); 16 Beaumont Ave (demolished) (1); Lodmoor (3); total 73 houses damaged, 1 man later died

1940, August 18

Ames's shop, Abbotsbury Rd (1); Holland Rd (1); Grammar School (1); Technical School (3); Radipole Lake (6); Radipole House, Dorchester Rd (1)

1940, August 28

Lanehouse Rocks (2); Lady Peter's House, Abbotsbury Rd (1); Abbotsbury Rd (1); East Wyld Rd (1); Quibo Lane (1) All oil bombs

1940, October 21

Southern National Garage, Edward St/Upwey St (3); putting green, Melcombe Regis Gardens (1 oil bomb); Of 123 houses damaged, 8 demolished, 19 had to be demolished, 17 seriously damaged & 79 slightly; 3 men, 2 children killed

1940, November 14

Radipole: Lodmoor; Manor Rd; Mount Pleasant Rd; direct hit on 2 semi-det. villas

1940, November 17

Chapelhay, particularly Chapelhay St, Franchise St, North Quay, Holy Trinity School. Mine landed by parachute between Chapelhay St & Franchise St overlooking quay; 879 houses damaged, 77 irreparable later demolished; 181 seriously damaged. 12 killed inc. children, 41 wounded + 3 soldiers

1940, November 17

Mine landed by parachute - 'The Dragons' Bincleaves Rd, destroyed by fire; other fires: Bincleaves Rd; Chapelhay St house behind Old Town Hall; Boot Hill; Marlborough Ave

1940, November 19

Buxton Rd at junction of Connaught Rd (6); Wyke (NE of Stoke Rd) (10 (1 UXB)); Green Lane, St. Martin's RD (2 (1 UXB)); Serious damage to some houses

1940, November 30

Radipole: Corfe Hill - 2 cows killed as most bombs fell in fields; near Radipole Manor; Radipole Church; between Ullswater Cres & Radipole Lake; south of Abbots Court, mainly windows damaged (50-60 houses)

1941, January 2

Radipole: outbuildings Tumbledown Farm; house in Radipole Lane; Goldcroft Rd

1941, January 4

Rugby field between Abbotsbury Rd & Radipole Lane; Radipole Lane; East Wyld Rd. Damage to 51 houses (8 severely)

1941, January 16

Wyke: nr Torpedo works; south of Rylands Lane; St. David's Rd; St. Thomas & St. Mary St; Everest Rd (1); Faircross Ave (1) 2 houses demolished, 5 others had to be

1941, January 17

Radipole: 15 fires from incendiary bombs, 2 houses destroyed, 20 seriously damaged, 260 slightly; 9 injured, Church hit; field at Preston near Lodmoor

1941, January 18

Radipole: Dorchester Rd, north of Spa Hotel; railway sidings near engine shed, 2 bungalows damaged; fire at the White Horse, 2 injured

1941, April 14/15

Portland

1941, April 15/16

Rodwell: Station (ticket collector killed); 1 & 2 Clearmount Rd & another; Westham: Heathwood Rd and north end Goldcroft Rd; corner of Abbotsbury Rd/Lanehouse Rocks; 2 bungalows destroyed at Lynch Rd; Dorchester Rd: Gt. Western Terr/Argyle Terr; direct hit at Radipole House (1) (4 soldiers killed); house opposite Radipole House; Fernhill Ave (1); At Radipole's Southill estate: direct hit on house in Sutcliffe Ave & bungalow;

1941, May 1

Wyke Regis - Whitehead Torpedo works, 5 bombs (1 UXB). Enemy plane fired machine-gun, 5 people injured, 2 later died

1941, May 3

Ashton Rd, all but 2 houses in a row demolished, 3 killed; Southern Times office in St. Thomas St.; Hawkes Freeman's furniture depository stores; Cosens & Co workshops; Webb, Major's timber yards and paintshops;

1941, May 4

Railway goods yard; extensive damage to windows in Ranelagh Rd

1941, May 5 00.20

Westham: (11) East Wyld Rd, Norfolk/Suffolk Road corner, Radipole Lane, Shirecroft Rd

1941, May 6

House in Bincleaves Rd burnt out; nearby garage destroyed; 2 houses demolished in Rodwell Rd by direct hit; another in Rodwell Rd; Down Rd; St. Leonard's Rd: gas main caught fire, water main fractured, 4 houses destroyed, between 10 and 15 severely damaged and another 50/60 had minor damage.

1941, May 7

Marina Gardens, Wyke Rd; bungalow in Cross Rd demolished; fire at school in Wyke Rd

1941, May 9

Chapelhay: Oakley Place (2) 3 houses demolished, 7 killed, Holy Trinity trenches (3); 152 houses in total damaged

1941, May 11

St. Leonard's Rd, 2 killed;

1941, May 12

Chapelhay: Oakley Place, Spring Gardens, Franchise St, 6 houses demolished, more than 100 damaged, 2 killed, 3 injured; Everest Rd allotments; sheep killed on Golf Links; 2 houses destroyed & 10 damaged in Goldcroft Rd (Westham)

1941, May 13/14

Boot Hill car park nr Westwey Rd, Sidney Hall suffered some damage

1941, May 28

East of Williams Ave, Wyke Regis - 30-40 houses minor damage

1941, November 1

Westham: Adelaide Hotel (4) - west end of Southview Rd, junction of Abbotsbury Rd & Perth St, junction of Abbotsbury Rd & Longcroft Rd, west side of Sussex Rd. 3 killed, 11 injured, 171 houses damaged.

1942, March 23

Castle Cove (2 bombs fell into sea); Portland: (13) 7 on Admiralty property, widespread damage to houses, 2 injured

1942, March 24

Preston: (2) in field; Radipole Lake: (4) in water; rear of Nottington House (1), others dropped over the Borough boundary - slight damage to houses

1942, April 2

Fox Inn & others, St. Nicholas St; offices of Dorset Daily Echo; Nurses Quarters, Wyke Road; Home of Medical Superintendent of Portwey Hospital blown in half by bomb; junction Portland Rd/Buxton Rd; Flying Field; Glen Ave (2 killed); Sewage works; North Camp Road; St. David's Rd; Southlands Rd; Springfield (Rodwell); Greenhill Sluice Gardens, Preston Rd - last 2 houses demolished; Westham: Wesleyan Chapel, Newstead Rd; Melcombe Regis Cemetery (1) - scattered tombstones, demolished 2 houses nearby; Shirecroft Rd, Essex Rd; Newstead Rd/Milton Rd; Cromwell Rd; Holly Rd; Links Rd; Golf Course; Knightsdale Rd/Newstead Rd; Granville Rd (1 killed); Radipole Lane; top Norfolk Rd/Quibo Lane. Overall in this raid, 20 killed

1942, June 28

Wyke Regis: (2) junction Kayes Lane/Shrubbery Lane; Ship Inn (1 killed), Southdown Rd (1), Bradford Rd (1); allotments north Victoria Rd (1); field Benville Rd (2); Southview Rd (1); east of Marine Terrace on foreshore (1). 20 houses demolished, 50 badly damaged, 310 slightly damaged, 5 people killed

1942, June 29

Westham: hundreds of incendiaries dropped, minor fires, nothing too serious

1942, July 2

Rodwell: Old Castle Rd (1), Verne Rd (2), several houses demolished, 49 badly damaged, 139 slightly damaged. Portland - damage 50+ houses

1943, March 10

Portland (6) damage by 1 at junction Grove Rd & Easton Lane; 1 at Alexandra Inn, Wakeham; 3 in open ground, 1 suspect UXB. (2 killed) 2 houses badly damaged

1944, April 24

Preston (3) dropped at Overcombe, 28 houses damaged

1944, May 28

Weymouth & District Hospital; Christian Science Church; Melcombe Avenue (3); Lynmoor Ave/Rd (9); South Hill (2); Wyke Regis (1); Upwey (nr Station) (2); Lodmoor (2). 100 houses severely damaged, 300 slightly, 4 killed, 3 of which were members of the C.D. Rescue Service

 

Unexploded Bombs

Date

Location

1940, August 11

21 Old Castle Road

1940, August 11

Westham Cross Roads

1940, November 19

Wyke Regis (NE of Stoke Rd); Green Lane, St. Martin's Rd

1941, April 15/16

Under floor of house of Medical Superintendent of Portwey Hospital (Wyke Rd closed to traffic); Heathwood Rd; 2 near Marquis of Granby

1941, May 1

Wyke Regis: Whitehead Torpedo works 5 bombs dropped (1 UXB)

1941, May 6

Railway cutting between Rodwell Stn & Buxton Bridge, 1 in allotments nearby.

1941, May 12

Near Wyke Halt

1942, June 28

Chapel Lane

1942, July 2

2 UXBs Rodwell (residents in Verne Rd evacuated as 1 on Railway embankment)

1944, May 28

Melcombe Avenue; Wyke Regis nr Bridging Camp; Broadwey nr railway bridge

 

Plane Crashes on land

Date

Location & details

1940, July 13

Hillside north of Lodmoor, pilot killed, British plane

1940, July 25

Near Fleet church, Enemy plane, pilot survived

1940, August 13

Field above Chafeys Lake (now Chafeys Avenue) Pilot survived, but was killed in combat a few weeks later, British plane

1942, March 23

Enemy aircraft destroyed, crashed at Three Yards Close, Portland, all crew died

Source of data: "Brigade in Action" by D.G.F.Acutt 1945 (St. John Ambulance Brigade, Weymouth)

 

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