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After a gap in Blitz bombing on Wanstead which had lasted from 15 February, this week in 1941, German planes dropped an incendiary on Herongate Road, causing a fire which was extinguished. They also dropped:

  • three high explosive bombs on Woodlands Avenue, causing fires and bursting water and gas mains (2114 on 19 March)
  • high explosives on Southview Drive, trapping and injuring one person (at 2155)
  • high explosives on numbers 2,4,6 and 8 Colvin Gardens, trapping people (at 2205)
  • a mine on Wanstead Park, which didn’t explode but led to the evacuation of Northumberland Avenue (at 2308)

A further bomb fell on Wanstead Park on 20 March, causing damage to property.

On this night in 1940, at 12.15am, four people were trapped in a house on Hermon Hill after high explosives were dropped by German planes. The gas main was also broken. A few minutes earlier, at 12.10am, high explosives burst a water main at Snaresbrook Station. Then at 12.21am, a house on Monmouth Drive was demolished by explosives, and at 12.23, the gas main at Southview Drive was broken by more bombs.

On this night in 1940 at 8.19pm, incendiaries dropped by German planes caused many small fires on Elmcroft Avenue and Southview Drive in Wanstead. Then at 10.58pm, high explosives injured three people in Woodlands Avenue. At 11.15pm, three houses were damaged, also by high explosives, on Aldersbrook Road between Blake Hall Road and Park Road.