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Newcastle Bombing
« on: Apr 10, 2009, 12:51 »
I noticed at the top of the page that today back in 1941 Newcastle was bombed. Does that have anything to do with the Danish sailors being remembered at the church (Cathedral ?) in the city ? I was there many moons ago and was surprised to see what was almost a mini exhibition at the back of the place near the café shop. I think it said it was the remains of a building for sailors back then and that the flag was rescued from a bombing. Is that the same bombing mentioned in today's calendar on here ?

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Re: Newcastle Bombing
« Reply #1 on: Apr 10, 2009, 22:19 »
This is not a lot of help (typical of me !) but if you go http://www.newcastle-ang-cathedral-stnicholas.org.uk/virtual-tour.asp and click on No.8 it shows the Danish Sailors memorial - but not much detail.



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Re: Newcastle Bombing
« Reply #2 on: Apr 11, 2009, 09:03 »
It refers to more than 50 german bombers causing widespread destruction in Newcastle. Over 300 troops were needed to fight the resulting fires, and two schools in the city's West End were damaged. Three weeks later, on 3rd May 1941, a direct hit from a german bomb killed 105 people in an air raid shelter under Wilkinson's Lemonade factory in North Shields. It was the worst single bombing incident in NE England during WWII.

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Re: Newcastle Bombing
« Reply #3 on: Apr 12, 2009, 12:11 »
Thank you both, the info and links are much appreciated. There are many things connecting our two countries and I'm always eager to learn more. We need to understand our history, despite not all being pleasant, to fully understand our present, I believe.

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 12, 2009, 18:10 »
. We need to understand our history, despite not all being pleasant, to fully understand our present, I believe.
If more people thought like this then the world would be a better place  :)

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 12, 2009, 22:46 »
Thank you both, the info and links are much appreciated. There are many things connecting our two countries and I'm always eager to learn more. We need to understand our history, despite not all being pleasant, to fully understand our present, I believe.

I agree very strongly.

If more people thought like this then the world would be a better place  :)

and with this too.


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Re: Newcastle Bombing
« Reply #6 on: Apr 13, 2009, 01:05 »
A bit of info from the Battle of Britain

In the North East during the Battle of Britain there were two attacks by Luftflotte 5. (but many more from other German Squadrons) but Luftflotte 5 were based in Norway, most other attacks came from airbases further South

The first attack involved 65 He111's  and 34 Me110's of JG5, which were intercepted over the Farne Islands by 72 Sqn from Acklington. The German forces were split; some were attacked close to Acklington by 79 Sqn and a flight from 605 Sqn and the others were caught near Sunderland by 607 Sqn and 41 Sqn. 8 He111 and 7 Me110 were shot for no loss to the RAF.

In the second attack 50 Ju88s were discovered off Flamborough Head by 616 Sqn and 73 Sqn. In the ensuing battle 6 Ju88s were shot down for no loss, although some German aircraft damaged houses and an ammunition dump at Scarborough, and others continued to Driffield aerodrome, where 4 hangars were hit and 10 Whitleys destroyed on the ground.

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Re: Newcastle Bombing
« Reply #7 on: Apr 13, 2009, 10:04 »
Am I wrong or isnt Nissan built on a WW2 airfield.

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« Reply #8 on: Apr 13, 2009, 10:59 »
Yes, the old RAF Usworth Airbase (there is an aircraft Museum on the site now)

It hosted two RAF squadrons during WW2 (a Spitfire Sqdn which did a brilliant job of protecting the North East during the Battle of Britain) and later became a training squadron, and used to rest and recuperate the Pilot's from down south during the battle.

The airbase was closed in the 1980's I think... And if you visit the museum, watch out for the Ghostly airman who still wanders the old hanger!

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Re: Newcastle Bombing
« Reply #9 on: Apr 13, 2009, 11:20 »
Do they display the whole history of the war or is it concentrated on aircrafts mostly ? I don't know anything about aircrafts so it would be an ideal place for me to have a good wander, me thinks. This is turning into a very educating thread, pumpkins, good stuff indeed. Cheers.

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Re: Newcastle Bombing
« Reply #10 on: Apr 13, 2009, 13:02 »
Do they display the whole history of the war or is it concentrated on aircrafts mostly ? I don't know anything about aircrafts so it would be an ideal place for me to have a good wander, me thinks. This is turning into a very educating thread, pumpkins, good stuff indeed. Cheers.

Yes, aircraft only..but well worth a visit :wink:

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« Reply #11 on: Apr 14, 2009, 16:22 »
Do they display the whole history of the war or is it concentrated on aircrafts mostly ? I don't know anything about aircrafts so it would be an ideal place for me to have a good wander, me thinks. This is turning into a very educating thread, pumpkins, good stuff indeed. Cheers.

We can go and have a look round when you come over if you would like.

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