Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service May 1941.
Date Time Location Damage
02/05/1941 20.00 Brentwood A smoke float from a British plane burnt out in a
field near Hillside Walk. Case at Police Station. No damage or casualties.
04/05/1941 04.30 Paglesham A British Whitley Bomber returning from a night
raid crashed on Marshes 1/4 mile North East of Paglesham Rectory. Number of Machine 4224, crew of 5 safe at Rochford. 3 of crew landed by parachute. Sergt Pilot and Wireless operator stayed with damaged machine and made a pan-cake landing. Undercarriage of machine damaged. No casualties.
04/05/1941 Doddinghurst 1 – H.E. unexploded found in a pond on a
camp site near Cows Farm. No damage or casualties.
05/05/1941 Potton Island 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in field 100 yards East of
Potton Farm. No damage or casualties.
09/05/1941 Great 1 – H.E unexploded 400 yards North East of
Burstead Whites Farm. No damage or casualties. (disposed of BDS 22.5.41).
10/05/1941 Little Warley 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 20 yards South of
telegraph pole 171, on open ground South of Arterial Road. No damage or casualties. (disposed of by BDS 26.5.41).
10/05/1941 Little Warley 1 – H.E. unexploded in field 100 yards South of
Station Road and 200 yards East of Ashdean Cottage, East Horndon. No damage or casualties. (disposed of by BDS 17.5.41).
11/05/1941 01.32 Foulness 1 – H.E. exploded in the sea 1 mile South East of
Island Wardens Post “P” 18. No damage or casualties.
11/05/1941 02.05 Rayleigh 1 – Oil I.B. burnt out at rear of “DeMarie” Downham
Road. No damage or casualties.
11/05/1941 02.41 Foulness 2 – Para mines exploded in the sea near Eastwick
Island Head, 1 mile South East of the Church, 1 200 yards and 1 500 yards from sea wall. 1 parachute recovered. Tail caps in mud and unlikely to be recovered. No damage or casualties.
11/05/1941 21.27 Rochford 15 – H.Es exploded during a dive bombing and
machine gun attack by 12 Messerschmitts 109. 1 M.E. 109 crashed and was destroyed the pilot being killed. 4 H.Es near hangers and buildings causing considerable damage. 1 Aircraftsman was killed, 1 badly injured and 4 slightly injured. 2 H.Es exploded in garden on North side of Maltings Villas, 3 in a field adjoining Sumerset Avenue, 3 in fields between Doggetts Chase and Lt Fambridge Hall, 1 in Sandpit on North side of Maltings Villas, 1 near Russel Terrace, 1 in Recreation Ground and extensive machine gunfire. 2 heifers and 1 pig killed and 1 heifer injured on Barling Marshes.
11/05/1941 23.55 Paglesham 10 – I.Bs burnt out in fields. No damage or
12/05/1941 00.45 Foulness 8 – H.Es exploded on Shelford Marshes and New
Island Marsh Farm. Also about 30 I.Bs on New Marsh Farm. No damage or casualties.
12/05/1941 00.50 South I.Bs (about 100) burnt out in fields East and South
Fambridge of South Fambridge Hall Farm. No damage or casualties.
12/05/1941 01.00 Potton 10 – H.Es 4 exploded 1 mile West of cottages.
Island Damage to sea wall. Some cattle and sheep killed. 4 exploded and 2 unexploded on Saltings on South side of Potton Island Creek and 440 yards from Potton Island Farmhouse. The unexploded being 35 feet from sea wall.
13/05/1941 00.20 Brentwood 3 – H.Es exploded in the vicinity of L.N.E.R. off
Nags Head Lane. No damage or casualties.
13/05/1941 15.30 Paglesham A British Miles Magester Training Plane No “P”
6344 Pilot Sewell from Rochford made forced landing 3/4 of a mile North of Paglesham Church. 2 occupants uninjured. Plane undamaged.
13/05/1941 21.20 Dunton A British Tiger Moth Training Plane No 21 Pilot,
Flight Officer Walker from Hatfield made forced landing at Dunton Hall due to shortage of petrol. No damage or casualties (plane left 14.5.41).
22/05/1941 Doddinghurst 1 – H.E. unexploded in field at Bishops Hall
Farm, 100 yards from Doddinghurst Road. No damage or casualties.
26/05/1941 17.00 Hockley The wreckage of a Naval Kite was found on
Marshes at rear of Beckney Farm. Markings on fabric “R N” in large black letters and “K B.VI.” and 1314 in black paint. The kite has 3 fins at rear. (Naval authorities informed).
26/05/1941 Laindon 1 – H.E. unexploded found 200 yards West of
Victoria Avenue and 9 yards North of Worthing Avenue. No damage or casualties. (dealt with BDS??).
26/05/1941 Doddinghurst 1 – H.E. unexploded found near “Atherdene”
Solid Lane. No damage or casualties. (dealt with BDS 19.6.41).
27/05/1941 Hockley 1 – I.B. burnt out in ditch at Lower Road. No
damage or casualties.
29/05/1941 Brentwood 1 – A.A. exploded Shell crater found 400 yards
East of Sawyers Hall Cottages. No damage or casualties.
30/05/1941 Hullbridge 2 – Oil I.Bs burnt out on either side of sea wall,
North of Kingman’s Farm. No damage or casualties.
31/05/1941 Great Warley 1 – H.E. unexploded found in field at rear of Warley
Lea. Near a small pond, South of the garden (BDS 18.6.41).