Raid 5: 2nd January 1941

City of York.

Air Raid Damage.

2nd January 1941. (18.30 hours)

Warnings received were:-

No. 391 – 17.54 hrs. Yellow.

18.25 hrs. Purple.

19.25 hrs. Red to 19.40 hrs. White.

Areas affected – Castlegate, Fishergate, Guildhall, Heworth, Monk and Walmgate Wards.

At 18.30 hours enemy aircraft passed over the City and Incendiary bombs were dropped in a line extending from Hull Road to Peaseholme Green causing fires at the following places:-

St. Margaret’s Church. Walmgate, York.

Dwelling House, Landesdowne Terrace,

Bellerby’s Sawmills, Hungate,

Lazenby’s Garage, Hull Road,

Joiner’s Shop, Hull Road,

In no case was the fire serious.

At 19.15 hours more Incendiaries fell in the Heworth District and incidents were reported near a dwelling house in East Parade, and near the York Gas Works Monkbridge and to a house in Heworth. 20 other I.B.’s were detected in various localities on the east side of the City, but no fires were reported Reports were received of machine gunning at points where I.B’s were burning and that flares had been dropped, but these were not confirmed.

The I.B.’s were, in all cases, speedily dealt with, and when the enemy aircraft again passed over the City at approximately 19.40 hours no fires were burning.

Air raid messages “Yellow” and “Purple” were received later the same evening but no incidents occurred.

Copy. 32 Parliament Street,

YORK.

6th January, 1941.

The A.R.P. Controller,

T. C. Benfield Esq.,

The Guildhall,

York.

Dear Sir,

Air Raid, 2nd Jan. 1941.

At about 18.30 hours on Thursday, 2nd Jan. 1941 an enemy aircraft passed over the City and dropped incendiary bombs in a line extending from Hull Road, to Peaseholme Green causing fires as under:-

St. Margaret’s Church. Walmgate, York.

Dwelling House, Landesdowne Terrace,

Dwelling House, Nicholas Terrace,

Bellerby’s Saw Mills, Hungate,

Lazenby’s Factory, Hull Road,

Joiner’s Shop, Hull Road,

These fires were reported by Wardens and police, and fire services attended the outbreaks. In no case did the bombs cause serious fires.

About 19.15 hours the aircraft returned and dropped more incendiary bombs in the Heworth District which were reported as:-

  1. Near house East Parade.

  2. Near Gas Works Monk Bridge.

  3. Near house at Heworth.

The A.F.S. attended the first of these and the other two were put out before the arrival of the fire services. About twenty other incendiary bombs were detected in various localities on the east side of the City and were dealt with by wardens, police and members of the public before fires were started.

There are reports of machine gunning at points where incendiary bombs were burning and where flames were being dropped, but these reports have not yet been confirmed.

This light incendiary attack was speedily dealt with by the wardens, fire services, police and members of the public, no lights being visible at approximately 19.40 hours when aircraft again passed over the City.

It is significant to note that air raid messages “Yellow” and “Purple” were received later the same night indicating the presence of enemy aircraft in the vicinity.

Owing to the very scattered nature of this raid it would be extremely difficult to give a report in full detail, but the wardens in Fishergate, Walmgate, Castlegate, Heworth, Monk and Guildhall Wards were all called upon and did their work well.

In the remaining Wards there was a good turn out of wardens who patrolled their sectors, but I have received no reports of incidents there.

Yours faithfully,

(Signed) W. Bunch.

Chief Warden.

Editor’s Note: I have not found any photographs relating to this raid.

Google Map of locations bombed on 2nd January 1941


Key to symbols:

High Explosive High Explosive
Incendiary Device Incendiary
Unexploded Bomb Unexploded Bomb (U.X.B)
Casualties Casualties
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One Response to “Raid 5: 2nd January 1941”

  1. regularfry Says:

    This has just happened:
    http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/index.aspx?articleid=8005

    Going from the location alone, it is tempting to think that the device found was dropped on this specific raid.

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