Langdale Avenue and London Road, Mitcham
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|Date Photo Taken||1st January 0001|
|Notes / History||It’s not known when this photograph was taken so it’s hard to say at what stage in World War ll these houses on the corner of the London Road and Langdale Avenue were razed to the ground. The attack is not recorded on the WW2 bomb map of all bombs falling on Merton during the Blitz (from 7/10/1940 and 06/06/1941) so it is possible that this devastation was caused later in the war – perhaps in the ‘mini Blitz’ from January to May 1944 or, more likely, by a V1 flying bomb in the period from June 1944 to March 1945.
These flying bombs were unmanned bombs ‘also known as ‘doodlebugs’ or ‘buzz bombs’ on account of the distinctive noise they made when in flight. (They) were winged bombs powered by a jet engine. Launched from a ramp on mainland Europe, or later from an adapted bomber aircraft, the V1s’ straight and measured flight meant that many were shot down before they reached their targets.’ (Imperial War Museum)
However, those that did reach London caused unprecedented damage, killing 8938 people and seriously injuring 25,000 others. They also destroyed tens of thousands of houses and other buildings.
43 V1s fell in Mitcham alone