Raid 3: 5th November 1940

Copy. 32 Parliament Street,

YORK.

6th Nov. 1940.

The A.R.P. Controller,

(T. C. Benfield Esq.,)

The Guildhall,

York.

Dear Sir,

Air Raid Damage – 5.11.40

Air Raid Message ‘Purple’ was received at 21.46 hours on the 5th inst. Three explosions were heard in or near the City at about 22.10 hours. At 22.20 hours a report was received to the effect that a bomb had fallen within the York Waterworks premises. Investigation on the morning of the 6th inst. disclosed that an H.E. Bomb had fallen close to two reservoirs in the York Waterworks grounds, and had penetrated deeply into the soft ground.

The bomb appeared to have exploded and lifted a quantity of earth and masonry of the reservoir structure, but done little material damage.

The efficiency of the Filter Bed system doe not appear to have been impaired.

Yours faithfully,

(Signed) W. Bunch.

W.H.A

Chief Warden.

City of York.

Air Raid Damage

5th November 1940. (22.20 hours).

Warnings received were:-

No. 272 – 17.40 hours, Yellow to 1802 hrs. White. (No purple or Red).

No 273 – 21.46 hours. Purple to 23.52 hrs. White. (No Yellow or Red).

Area affected – Acomb Ward. Post. A.5.

Three explosions were heard about 22.10 hours and about 22.20. hours a report was received that a bomb had fallen within the York Waterworks Company’s premises. Investigation disclosed that the bomb had fallen close to two reservoirs and had penetrated deeply into soft ground. The bomb appeared to have exploded and lifted a quantity of earth and masonry of the reservoir structure, but done little material damage.

The efficiency of the Filter Bed system does not appear to have been impaired.

Editor’s Note: In the top left quarter of the picture below you can see the reservoirs of the York Waterworks.

Aerial Photograph 1956 Showing York Water Works

Aerial Photograph 1956 Showing York Water Works

Google Map showing location of bombs dropped during Raid of 5th November 1940.

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