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During the blitz, Plymouth suffered tremendous damage it was described as the worst-bombed city in the country.

For the first 9 months of the war Plymouth went the way it had in previous wars – At distance. Air raid control centres were organised underneath the guildhall and Devonport market, they were to be the centre of activity. In early summer 1940 the blitz began, schools and churches were destroyed. In the dockyard the damage was heavy, some of the old buildings including the ropery and the mould loft were gutted by fire.

The night of April 22nd/23rd 1941 saw the worst disaster of the blitz, an air raid shelter in Portland area had a direct hit, 72 people died. The city centre was completely destroyed. shops and houses, all that was left of the guild hall and the St Andrews church were empty shells.

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My Formative years were spent between two wartime airfields, so each night was spent sleeping in shelters, and school was always tense as dogfights were being fought overhead,
We made our own amusement in those days, and presents were second hand wooden toys if any could be found.
My teenage life found me on Motorbikes and fast cars.
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My Later life was dogged by peaks and troughs of health problems.

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  • mrcoradour
  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 1 year ago

  • Berns
    Bernsover 1 year ago

    Dreadfully sad history, lovely capture!

  • Many many thanks Berns for your kind comment
    take care

    – mrcoradour

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 1 year ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • hello Colin many many thanks for your kind comment, much appreciated

    – mrcoradour

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 1 year ago

    A very sad Image dear Malcolm also the narrative.x

  • Thank you very much Catherine, You must know it well, living where you do, traffic was so busy I couldn’t ger across the road,
    many thanks

    – mrcoradour

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanover 1 year ago

    Beautiful old building…excellent image of it.

  • Thank you very much Jack, reminds of the those awfull years.

    – mrcoradour

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 1 year ago

    Some of life’s nightmares are forever with us!!!! A terrific capture Malcolm!!! Bill

  • How true Bill, I can remember so well hiding under the table when the bombs were falling,

    – mrcoradour

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 1 year ago

    Wonderful, Malcolm! Love the juxtaposition of the old remains of a church with a modern building in the background! Excellent work…and aptly titled!

  • Morning Karen many thanks for your kind comment

    – mrcoradour

  • Cliffyj
    Cliffyjover 1 year ago

    Super image

  • Morningt Cliffy thank you very much

    – mrcoradour

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    A sobering reminder that we must always be vigilant and learn from history. Well taken, Malcolm.

  • yes I thought that as well Dot many thanks

    – mrcoradour

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