Bomb Damage to Wimbledon Tyre Company

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Date Photo Taken 7th October 1940
Area Wimbledon
Copyright 1 News Chronicle
Picture Reference Mit_​War_​2-2
Original Format Photo
Notes / History Wimbledon Tyre Company was situated on the corner of Kingston Road and Montague Road. It took a direct hit during a raid on the 16th of August 1940, three days after the start of the Blitz. The bomb started a fire in piles of rubber tyres which killed 7 people and produced heavy clouds of black smoke throughout the neighbourhood.

The Blitz was a prolonged bombing campaign by the Germans on British air defences that lasted until May 1941. Towns and cities across Britain were targeted and London was hit particularly hard. Some 43,000 were killed and over a million properties were damaged.

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