Celebrating ‘the people’ at the heart of York’s raids

Our ‘people’ element of Raids Over York is starting to take shape: https://raidsoveryork.co.uk/the-people/ It celebrates the lives of those who were directly or indirectly effected by the 11 raids on York during WW2. Part of this task is to help identify those who are often now sadly forgotten or only known to their family. ThisContinue reading “Celebrating ‘the people’ at the heart of York’s raids”

Can you help identify York’s forgotten Civil Defence heroes?

Do you have a relative who helped protect York from the Luftwaffe during WW2? Can you help recognise someone in long-forgotten photographs? If so, we’d love to hear from you!  As the Raids Over York project has highlighted in its coverage of the first six – soon to be seventh (this coming Saturday) – bombingContinue reading “Can you help identify York’s forgotten Civil Defence heroes?”

Communal spirit – is this York’s only shared WW2 garden shelter?

We’re delighted that Roger & Jo A. have contacted Raids Over York to let us know about the fabulous WW2 air-raid shelter that they have in their own garden … and in their neighbour’s garden too! Yes, as far as we know, this is the only remaining example of a traditional-brick shelter that was sharedContinue reading “Communal spirit – is this York’s only shared WW2 garden shelter?”

Raids Over York’s First #ShelterSelfie!

We’re delighted to receive news of another retained air-raid shelter in the city. This shelter is on Stamford Road East in the Leeman Raid area – the only one we know to have survived in this area. During the war, there were a number of bombs that fell in and around this area, largely dueContinue reading “Raids Over York’s First #ShelterSelfie!”

Trouble in The Groves; York’s 6th “raid”

The early hours of this morning marks the anniversary of the sixth air raid on York during World War II.  A lone bomber dropped 250 incendiary bombs across the city and another followed a couple of hours later dropping high explosive bombs and causing destruction in The Groves district of the city. It tragically alsoContinue reading “Trouble in The Groves; York’s 6th “raid””

The terrifying details of the 5th “raid” on York

This evening marks the anniversary of the fifth air raid on York during World War II. It was the first raid to use incendiary bombs in such a deliberate way and scale. It came about following recent attempts to ‘torch’ other British towns and cities – the most infamous being Coventry, which was severely damagedContinue reading “The terrifying details of the 5th “raid” on York”

Remembering Tragic Prelude to the First Raid.

While Raids Over York focuses on the 10 targeted and deliberate raids on the city by the Luftwaffe, there were other incidences of bombs being accidentally dropped or “dumped” on or near the city by German bombers eager to lighten their load when either returning home or being chased by R.A.F. planes. One such incidentContinue reading “Remembering Tragic Prelude to the First Raid.”

‘Raids Over York’ website is GO GO GO !!

Raids Over York is delighted to launch its website. In the coming months and years … in fact for the duration of the 80th anniversaries of the 10 individual raids on York that will fall between 11 August 2020 and 24 September 2022, much more content will be added to this website and promoted throughContinue reading “‘Raids Over York’ website is GO GO GO !!”