Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service July 1941.

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service July 1941.

Date                Time   Location         Damage

01/07/1941    Found   Paglesham 1 – Unexploded Para Mine complete with

parachute found in mud on North side of Paglesham Pool Creek 1/4 mile from junction with River Roach, Wallasea Island (exploded by Naval Authority 4th).  Also Tail Cap marked L.D. 682 in cap in red stencil and Parachute complete with shackle and Tail cap marked D.5718 in red over 63 in yellow found at Clements Farm.  All believed fell the 23.6.41.  No damage or casualties.

02/07/1941    01.10  Foulness       2 – Parachute mines exploded in the sea off

Island             Foulness Island, between Eastwick Farm and Fishermans Head.  No damage or casualties.

9 – H.Es exploded in fields 300 yards North of Scaldhurst Farm.  No damage or casualties.02/07/1941      01.40  Foulness       2 – Parachute mines exploded in the sea off Foulness Island, between Eastwick Farm and Fishermans Head.  No damage or casualties.

02/07/1941    Found  Thundersley            1 – Unexploded AA Shell found in a field

behind the Utility Poultry Farm, Rayleigh Road.  Time of occurrence not known.  No damage or casualties.

06/07/1941    02.45  Canvey          A Barrage Balloon grounded.  Deflated and

Island             removed to Canvey Island Fire Station.  RAF Hornchurch informed.

07/07/1941    Found  South            1 – H.E unexploded in wood 800 yards North of

Weald           Colchester Road, Brook Street, East of Putwell Bridge, 500 yards from Brook, 150 yards into wood.  Time of falling not known.  No damage or casualties.  (disposed of BDS 27.7.41).

07/07/1941    Found  Hockley        A Meteorological balloon found by Leslie Ellis of

                                                            Nelson Road Hockley forwarded to HQ 17.7.41.

10/07/1941    16.55  Canewdon    Captain Dane, Resident Naval Officer of Burnham

on Crouch reported that at 16-55 hours the 10th, 1st, a mine exploded at the entrance to Lion Creek, Nr Lower Raypits Canewdon and blew up a motor boat, owned by P & N Petticrow Ltd of Eastern Boathouse, Burnham and contained two employees of that firm (names not known).  They had been to Bridge Marsh Island and when returning the boat struck a mine.  Search has been made of the foreshore of the River Crouch at Wallasea Island and Canewdon, but no trace of the two men or the boat has been found.

13/07/1941    02.45  Wickford        2 – H.Es exploded in a field East of Brock Hill Road

slight damage to a disused farm building.  No casualties.

14/07/1941    09.45  Rayleigh        Naval Barrage Balloon found in a field 100 yards

West of Doggetts Chase, deflated.  Marked in black KB/MK over 1043.  Also R.N. removed by RAF 16.7.41.

17/07/1941    Found  Great            Naval Barrage Balloon found in a ditch 100 yards

Burstead      North West of Sewer Works, Barleylands.  Seen to fall 21-00 hrs 12.7.41.  Marked R.N. Collected by RAF 18.7.41.

18/07/1941    15.45  Great              Naval Barrage Balloon found in a field at

Wakering       Alexander Road.  Deflated and torn from end to end.  Marked R.N. and K.B. Mark 6. 4804 on side and EVA on nose.  RAF Rochford informed.

19/07/1941    Found  Brentwood   2 – H.E unexploded in a field East of Weald Brook,

opposite 13th hole, Mayland Golf Course, Brook Street.  No damage or casualties.  Time of falling not known.

21/07/1941    Found  Canewdon   1 – H.E unexploded in a field 400 yards North of

Wick Farm.  No damage or casualties.  (disposed of BDS 26.7.41).

24/07/1941    13.00  Hockley          A Meteorological balloon with machine attached

found in a field removed to Police Station.  Inscribed No B.236 on machine.  Label “The Supt, Observatory, Richmond, Surrey.  (Forwarded to H.Q.).

25/07/1941    19.00  Haven Gore The body of a German Airman in an advanced

Island             state of decomposition found on the foreshore,  100 yards from sea wall at Haven Gore Point.  Body removed to Rochford Rural District Mortuary.  Name and identity undecipherable.  Removed and buried by RAF Southend.

28/07/1941    02.30  Ingrave           8 – H.Es unexploded in fields at rear of Whitby

                                                            Avenue.  No damage or casualties.

28/07/1941    03.15  Canewdon    9 – H.Es exploded in fields 300 yards North of

                                                            Scaldhurst Farm.  No damage or casualties.