Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service September 1940.

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service September 1940.

 

 

Date                Time   Location         Damage

 

01/09/1940    11.20  Thundersley Plate glass window 7ft x 6ft broken by concussion.

Gun fire in the distance.  No casualties.

01/09/1940    11.21  Ingrave           1 – H.E. unexploded (or shell) between Blaydale’s

Wood and Grave Wood on McClure’s Heron Hall Farm.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 23.6.41

02/09/1940    08.15  Rochford       German Dornier 17 crashed and burnt out at

Rochford Aerodrome.  Crew 1 killed, 3 prisoners safe.

02/09/1940    16.35  Vange            Roof of Churchill & Johnsons Timber Yard Wharf

Road. Damaged by shrapnel

02/09/1940    16.40  Laindon         German Messerschmitt 110 crashed and burnt out

in the South East Corner of Frith Wood.  2 bodies recovered.

02/09/1940    16.40  Brentwood     Fire in a barley field near Sawyers Hall Farm

Doddinghurst Road. 3 cocks of barley destroyed.  Cause unknown (during an air raid).  No casualties.

02/09/1940    17.05  Little                Body of a German Airman found at Sudburys

Burstead        Cottage, Nirege Farm.  Parachute failed to open.

02/09/1940    17.06  Vange            1 – A.A. unexploded shell in School gardens

Claylands.  No damage or casualties.

02/09/1940    17.07  Potton Island 1 – H.E. unexploded 250 yards South of Sea Wall.

North end of Island.  No damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    07.30  Canewdon    British Spitfire smashed 1/2 mile North East of Air

Ministry Experimental Works.  Pilot safe at Rochford Aerodrome.

03/09/1940    10.20  Canewdon    British Pilot down by parachute at Sealdhurst

Farm.  Face burnt.  RAF on spot.

03/09/1940    10.20  Canewdon    British Pilot baled out.  Safe at Lower Raypits

Farm.  Machine North of River Roach.

03/09/1940    10.20  Ingrave           British Spitfire burnt out 300 yards East of

Handleys Dairy Farm.  Pilot Sergt. Fopp of Debden safe.

03/09/1940    10.30  Church End  1 Cannon Shell unexploded at “Eltham Lodge”

Hawkwell Park Drive. No damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    10.30  Hullbridge     5 – I.Bs 1 at Mayfields Avenue and 4 at Malyons

Farm.  No damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    10.40  Canewdon    British plane crashed at Canewdon Hall Field.

Pilot safe.

03/09/1940    10.40  Mountnessing          1 – H.E. exploded in a field 150 yards South

West of Bacons Farm.  No damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    10.45  Canewdon    British plane burnt out 200 yards East of Apton

Hall.  Pilot safe.

03/09/1940    10.50  Canewdon    German Messerschmitt 110 wrecked at Snowhills

field.  North of Canewdon Hall.  Crew 1 injured (serious) 1 uninjured taken prisoner.

03/09/1940    10.50  Foulness       British plane wrecked 1/4 mile East of Brickhouse

Island             Farm.  Pilot dead.  Parachute failed to open.

03/09/1940    11.00  Hockley          British plane burnt out at Beckney’s Farm.  Pilot

safe.

03/09/1940    11.00  Sutton            2 – H.Es unexploded in a market garden field near

Temple Farm Cottage.  No damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    11.00  Canewdon    2 – I.Bs at The Kennels.  No damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    11.25  Mountnessing          1 I.B. unexploded found at Swallows Cross,

in field 300 yards West of Burnthouse Lane.  No damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    12.12  Margaretting  Pilot Officer David W Hunt wounded in Billericay

Hospital.  Plane crashed in Chelmsford Division.

03/09/1940    12.13  Ingrave           1 – H.E. unexploded at Childerditch Hall Farm, 400

yards West and 500 yards North of Arterial Road.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 13.5.41

03/09/1940    12.14  Shenfield       1 – Cannon Shell unexploded on greensward at

Alexander Lane.  No damage or casualties.  Taken by Military

03/09/1940    12.15  Rayleigh        Grass fire at Cressays Farm Wickford Road.

Supposed cause cannon shell.

03/09/1940    12.16  Canewdon    1 – I.B. at Pudseys Hall gate, Larks Hill.  No

damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    19.00  Canvey          1 – A.A. unexploded shell, 50 yards West of Eaton

Island             Lodge.  Central Wall Avenue.  No damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    21.00  Mountnessing          3 – I.Bs unexploded at Mountnessing Hall,

400 yards West of the Farmhouse.  No damage or casualties.

03/09/1940    21.00  Hutton            1 – H.E. unexploded at The Willows.  Slight

damage to property.  No casualties.

03/09/1940    21.00  Mountnessing          50 – I.Bs burnt out in fields and 1 I.B.

Unexploded 300 yards West of Peagrims Farm.  No damage or casualties

03/09/1940    23.10  Laindon         1 – H.E. in the road B.1007 High Road Laindon

250 yards South of the Fortune-of-War P.H.  Electric and telephone wires down and water main damaged.  No casualties.  (Single line traffic 21st inst.)

03/09/1940    23.10  Laindon         2 – H.Es exploded 100 yards East of High Road

Schools.  Gas main, electric cable and surrounding property damaged.  No casualties.

04/09/1940    01.10  Ramsden       9 – H.Es exploded and I.Bs (a number) burnt out in

Heath             Jackson’s Meadow 1/2 mile North of the Village.  No damage or casualties.

04/09/1940    09.30  Canewdon    5 – H.Es exploded in a field between Bolt Hall

House and the Sea Wall.  No damage or casualties.

04/09/1940    09.30  Foulness       3 – H.Es exploded.  One at Nazewick Farm.  One

at Frenches Works & One at Little Newlands Farm.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

04/09/1940    09.30  Great              1 – H.E. exploded in a field 250 yards East of

Wakering       Friends Farm.  No damage or casualties.

04/09/1940    09.45  Barling           1 – H.E. exploded at Bolt Farm.  One slight

casualty.  No damage.

04/09/1940    09.45  Great              2 – H.Es exploded at Pinches Farm.  No casualties

Stambridge    or damage.

04/09/1940    09.46  Mountnessing          1 – H.E. unexploded at Arnolds Farm.

Arnolds Lane closed.  No damage or casualties.

04/09/1940    09.47  Hutton            1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 250 yards North from

end of Goodwood Avenue.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 30.4.41

04/09/1940    13.15  Rochford       British Spitfire crashed and burnt out 150 yards

East of Rectory Road Railway Bridge.  Pilot safe.

04/09/1940    13.16  Rochford       1 Cannon Shell unexploded at “Dunrovin” Oxford

Road.  No damage or casualties.

04/09/1940    21.00  Mountnessing          1 – I.B. unexploded 300 yards West of

Peagrims Farm.  No damage or casualties.

04/09/1940    22.20  Herongate     1 – H.E. unexploded 200 yards to the rear of

Salmons Farm.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 3.5.41

04/09/1940    22.30  Laindon         1 – A.A. Shell exploded on the Arterial Road 350

yards West of the Fortune-of-War P.H. Crossroads.  Slight damage to Road.  No casualties.

04/09/1940    22.30  Laindon         1 – A.A. Shell unexploded in a field 300 yards

North East of Frenches Farm and 300 yards East of Noak Hill Road.  No damage or casualties.

04/09/1940    23.00  Vange            1 – A.A. unexploded Shell on the greensward in

Victoria Road.  100 yards West of Rickfield Road.  No damage or casualties.

05/09/1940    11.52  Rochford       1 – H.E. unexploded 50 yards West of Stacks at

Samuels Field, Landwick.  No damage or casualties.

05/09/1940    11.53  Rayleigh        Shed burnt out at Dorothy’s Farm.  Cause

unknown.

05/09/1940    15.00  Rochford       2 – H.Es unexploded 400 yards North East of the

Rectory Hall Road.  No damage or casualties.

05/09/1940    15.07  North              British Spitfire burnt out at Bonvilles Farm.  Pilot

Benfleet         Robert Durham Number 42574 injured.

05/09/1940    15.07  Nevendon     British Spitfire crashed and blew up 1/4 mile South

East of Nevendon Hall.  Pilot Officer Webster killed.  Parachute failed to open.

05/09/1940    15.20  Canvey          Aeroplane crashed at speed in the centre of the

Island             River Thames 1000 yards South East of Scars Elbow Fort

05/09/1940    15.20  Bowers           German Messerschmitt 109 crashed and burnt out

Gifford            at Little Chalvedons Hall 1/2 mile West of Ilfracombe Avenue, Pilot dead.

05/09/1940    15.20  South             British Spitfire burnt out at Kimberly Road.  Pilot

Benfleet         Officer Lovell of Hornchurch safe.  Electric cables damaged.

05/09/1940    15.20  Canvey          H.Es number unknown exploded in the River

Island             Thames 400yards South East of Scar Elbow Fort.  No damage or casualties.

05/09/1940    15.20  Raweth          Grass fire at Dollymans Farm.  Cause not known

(during an air raid)

05/09/1940    15.27  Rayleigh        1 – Cannon Shell unexploded in High Street.

Taken away by Military.  No damage or casualties

05/09/1940    15.30  Raweth          British Pilot landed safe by parachute at the

Carpenters Arms P.H.

05/09/1940    15.30  Rayleigh        A partly burnt German parachute found in a field at

rear of Fairview Club Arterial Road

05/09/1940    15.30  Laindon         1 – I.B. burnt out on the road opposite “St Cads”

Darnley Avenue.  No damage or casualties.

05/09/1940    15.30  Runwell         2 – I.Bs near the Hospital.  No damage or

casualties

05/09/1940    15.32  Hadleigh        1 – Cannon Shell unexploded in a garden of

“Homesliad” Lynton Road.  No damage or casualties.

05/09/1940    15.45  Hawkwell       A Polish Pilot Lapkonski from North Holt

Aerodrome landed by parachute in the Brickfields Rectory Road.  Received a broken arm.  Conveyed to Southend Municipal Hospital Rochford.

05/09/1940    16.00  Wallasea        British Hurricane crashed near the Yacht Club.

Island             Plane slightly damaged.  Pilot Officer Robinson safe.

05/09/1940    17.00  Great Warley 1 – Cannon Shell unexploded in the garden of 63

Mount Crescent.  No damage or casualties.

05/09/1940    17.05  Laindon         British Hurricane crashed and badly smashed in a

field North of Markham Chase.  Pilot Officer Robert Barton of North Weald safe.

05/09/1940    21.30  Raweth          2 – H.Es exploded 1 at Box Farm Water Lane.

Slight damage to Farm and 1 in Water Lane.  Single Line Traffic 1/4 mile from the junction of Hullbridge Road.  Telegraph pole broken.  No casualties.

05/09/1940    22.20  Shenfield       6 – I.Bs 5 unexploded and 1 exploded and burnt

out in Hall Lane a mile North of the Chelmsford Road.  No damage or casualties.

05/09/1940                Mountnessing          50 – I.Bx burnt out in fields at Swallows

Cross Farm.  2 Pig sties and a haystack fired.  No casualties.

05/09/1940    22.30  Doddinghurst            1 – H.E. unexploded in a field behind

Batey’s bungalow.  Harpers Lane Peartree Green.  No damage or casualties.

05/09/1940                Billericay        1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 350 yards South

East of Salmons Farm (exploded the 14.9.40)  No damage or casualties.

06/09/1940    01.35  Great              16 – I.Bs burnt out at Barling Road.  Barns, pig

Wakering       sties and a stable damaged.  No casualties.

06/09/1940    02.40  Canvey          3 – H.Es in Tilburg Road, Denham Road and

Island             Urmond Road.  Some bungalows completely wrecked.  No casualties.

06/09/1940    02.40  Canvey          3 – H.Es exploded in a field at Little Gypps Farm

Island             near Furtherwick Gun Site.  2 cows badly injured

06/09/1940    02.55  Little Warley  8 – H.Es 1 is unexploded near Whips Wood Off

Bird Lane.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 13.3.41

06/09/1940    02.56  Hutton            2 – I.Bs in the garden of “Holderhurst”, Park

Avenue and 1 in Hanging Hill Lane.  No damage or casualties.

06/09/1940    04.08  Canvey          2 – H.Es at 40 Acres and Sea Wall.  Sea Wall

Island             damaged.  No casualties

06/09/1940    10.00  Pitsea             1 – Cannon Shell unexploded.  No damage or

casualties.

06/09/1940    12.00  Raweth          1 – Cannon Shell unexploded in a field at

Chichester Hall, London Road.  No damage or casualties.

06/09/1940    14.18  Wakering       3 – H.Es 1 is unexploded 1/4 mile East of Rushley

Farm Rushley Island.  No damage or casualties.

06/09/1940    15.20  Basildon        British Spitfire made a forced landing.  Under

carriage damaged Pilot Officer MacKenzie safe ( engine trouble).

07/09/1940    01.00  South             1 – H.E. or A.A. unexploded Shell in the centre of

Benfleet         Brook Road.  Brook Road closed.  Damage to the road.  No casualties.

07/09/1940                Hutton             2 – H.Es unexploded in Brook Meadow behind

stack yard at Cresseys Farm.  No damage or casualties.

07/09/1940    17.10  Laindon         German Twin Engine Bomber crashed 300 yards

West of Noak Hill Road.  Machine burnt out.  2 of crew baled out and are safe.

07/09/1940    17.15  Laindon         German Bomber crashed at Calvers Farm Dunton

Road.  Machine burnt out.  2 of crew killed 1 safe.

07/09/1940    17.15  Downham     German Dornier crashed and burnt out between

De Beavoir Chase and Railway Bridge.  1 of crew dead and 1 safe.

07/09/1940    17.30  Barling           I.Bs number unknown.  At Robers Farm and

Sewerage Works.  No damage or casualties.

07/09/1940    18.00  Rayleigh        British Spitfire burnt out at Louis Drive Wickford

Road.  Pilot safe

07/09/1940    18.00  Great              British Spitfire made a forced landing in Kimberly

Wakering       Field Star Lane.  Under carriage damaged.  Pilot safe.

07/09/1940    19.30  Pilgrims          1 – Cannon Shell unexploded at Wainsfords Crow

Hatch             Green Lane.  No damage or casualties

07/09/1940    20.30  Great              Barrage Balloon grounded at Alexander Road.  No

Wakering       damage or casualties.

07/09/1940    23.15  Pitsea             1 – H.E. exploded between “Lyrette” & “Glencre”

bungalows Junction Road.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

08/09/1940    00.05  East                2 – H.Es exploded in a field 500 yards West of East

Horndon        Horndon Crossroads and 150 yards North of the

Arterial Road.  No damage or casualties.

08/09/1940    00.40  South Weald I.Bs a number in fields between Spital Lane and

Vicarage Lane.  In the vicinity of The Tower Arms P.H.  No damage or casualties.

08/09/1940    00.40  Brentwood     I.Bs a number near St Faiths Poultry Farm.  No

damage or casualties.

08/09/1940    00.43  South             I.Bs a number, 200 yards North of the junction of

Weald             Hillside Walk and Weald Road.  No damage or casualties.

08/09/1940    00.45  Pitsea             3 – H.Es exploded on Marsh Land.  No damage or

casualties.

08/09/1940    00.45  Crays Hill       I.Bs a number at Crays Hall.  No damage or

casualties.

08/09/1940    00.50  Crays Hill       3 – H.Es unexploded in Friends Field Church Lane.

No damage or casualties.

08/09/1940    01.15  Billericay        2 – H.Es 1 is unexploded at Randall’s Nurseries,

Cox Farm Road, 2 casualties (slight).  Gas main and road damaged.  Cox Farm Road closed ( road open 9.9.40)

08/09/1940    01.15  Bowers           I.Bs about 100 on South Staines Farm.  No

Gifford            damage or casualties.

08/09/1940    01.25  South             3 – H.Es 2 exploded in a wood between Benfleet

Benfleet         Road and Kiln Road 300 to 500 yards North East of Water Lane.  Also 1 unexploded in middle of the road at the top of Vicarage Hill ( road closed).  Electric cable damaged.  No casualties.

08/09/1940    02.05  Billericay        I.Bs about 600 between Billericay and Crays Hill in

six fields.  Two stacks of clover fired at Gurnards Farm, South Green.  400 yards North of Billericay to Wickford Road.  No casualties.

08/09/1940    02.37  Coxtie Green 1 – I.B. at Ensworth Randalls field.  Stack fired.  No

casualties.

08/09/1940    03.30  Canvey          2 – H.Es 1 is unexploded in the centre of Canvey

Island             Road between Northwick Corner and Canvey Bridge.  Road closed.  Telephone wires down.  No casualties.

08/09/1940    06.30  Canvey          Barrage Balloon grounded at Waterside Farm.

Island             Secured to a telegraph pole.

08/09/1940                Canvey          1 – A.A. unexploded Shell at rear of garage at

Island             Russets House, Canvey Road.  No damage or casualties.

08/09/1940                South             2 – H.Es unexploded in a field by the side of Essex

Benfleet         Way.  Road B.1014 closed.   H.Es 3 feet from the road and 300yards from the Water Tower.  No casualties.

08/09/1940    11.00  Doddinghurst   1 – Canon Shell unexploded.  No damage or

casualties.

08/09/1940    12.09  Coxtie Green 1 – I.B. and 7 Cannon Shells unexploded in fields

near Canterbury Tye.  No damage or casualties

08/09/1940                Great Warley 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell near New Cottage by

side of road at Hole Farm.  No damage or casualties.

08/09/1940    16.15  Great Warley Body of a German Airman found on Goodchilds

Farm.  Captain Kuet Mescheder, 20 years.  Parachute failed to open.

08/09/1940    21.18  Great              20 – I.Bs between Crays Hill and Barleylands

Burstead        Farm.  No damage or casualties.

09/09/1940    00.05  Laindon         1 – A.A. unexploded Shell fell in “Springfield”,

Basildon Rise.  No damage or casualties.

09/09/1940    02.15  Doddinghurst   1 – H.E. exploded near Wacketts Farm.  2

cottages demolished.  Chickens and animals buried.

09/09/1940    15.00  Pitsea 3 – H.Es 1 exploded and 2 unexploded found at Blue

House Farm Pitsea Marshes.  No damage or casualties.

10/09/1940     00.45  East                1 – H.E. exploded in a field 20 yards East of Tilbury

Horndon        Road and 400 yards South of the Arterial Road.  Telephone wires down.  1 cow killed.

10/09/1940     03.25   Basildon        2 – H.Es exploded, 1 in pond South of the Arterial

Road at Brook Mount Estate between Arterial Road and Basildon Road and 1 exploded on the North side of the Arterial Road at junction of Ladysmith Avenue.  Slight damage to cycle track and gas main.  No casualties.

10/09/1940     03.30  Billericay        1 – H.E. exploded 20 yards from “Grassland”, The

Risings.  Part of house blown down.  Overhead electric cable damaged.  No casualties.

10/09/1940    05.00  Vange            1 – H.E. exploded in a field at the rear of “Thames

View” Bell Hill Road.  Slight damage to house.  No casualties.

10/09/1940    09.30  Pitsea             1 – H.E. exploded 1/2 mile South of Railway line at

Blue House Farm  Pitsea Marshes.  No damage or casualties.

10/09/1940                Hadleigh        1 A.A. unexploded Shell in the front garden of

“Pinecot” Benfleet Road.  No damage or casualties.

10/09/1940    10.00  Foulness       Body of a German Airman found on the foreshore

Island             of Potton Island.  Parachute attached.  Been in water a few days.  No Identity Card.  Moved to Southend Municipal Hospital Rochford.  Name Horst Klaff.

10/09/1940    16.30  Little Warley  1 – H.E. unexploded in a field opposite Rectory

Chase 300 yards East of the road.  No damage or casualties.

10/09/1940    22.50  Hutton            2 – H.Es exploded in a field 1/4 mile West of

Hutton Rectory.  No damage or casualties.

10/09/1940    23.00  Downham     2 – H.Es exploded, 1 at The Elms, Brook Hill and 1

150 yards West of Brook Hill.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

10/09/1940    23.10  Great Warley 50 – I.Bs in the vicinity of Headley Common.  North

Lodge Warley Place set on fire.  No casualties.

10/09/1940    23.30  Great Warley 1 – H.E. exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out on a

footpath between Holt Farm and Cranham Road.  No damage or casualties.

10/09/1940    23.40  Mountnessing          10 – H.Es, 1 is unexploded in Hare Spring

Wood and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out at Lawness Farm.  No damage or casualties.

10/09/1940    23.45  Mountnessing          1 – H.E. exploded in stack yard at

Mountnessing Hall Farm.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

10/09/1940                Great  1 – A.A. unexploded Shell near a haystack

Burstead        at Granite Chase.  No damage or casualties.

10/09/1940                North              1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 300 yards East of

Benfleet         Fentons Hall.  No damage or casualties.

11/09/1940    00.10  Brentwood     I.Bs ( a number) Baptist Chapel, extensive

damage.  Shenfield Common, no damage.  120 & 125 High Street, slight damage and 2 unexploded I.Bx Running Water Corner.  No damage.  Police property, slight damage.  London Co-operative Stores, Brandons, Woolworths and Ursuline Convent, serious and extensive damage.  Gas Company’s Sports Ground.  No damage.  Also in fields at Coxtie Green.

11/09/1940    00.10  Coxtie Green 10 – H.Es 2 exploded in fields adjoining Coxtie

Green Road Navestock end.  7 unexploded in the vicinity opposite Oakhurst Farm, 1 unexploded 100 yards from the entrance of Giffords Poultry Farm, slight damage to property.  No casualties.  Road closed from the White Horse to Wheelers Corner (road open 14.9.40) 5 of the unexploded H.Es exploded B.D.S. 16.10.41.

11/09/1940    00.30  Canvey          6 – H.Es exploded at Hole Haven Creek.

Island             No damage or casualties

11/09/1940    01.15  Herongate     4 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in fields

at Fouchers Farm near Reservoir.  No damage or casualties.

11/09/1940    01.30  Dunton          20 – I.Bs burnt out in fields North and South of the

Arterial Road near the Union Jack Café.  No damage or casualties.

11/09/1940    02.00  Great Warley 2 – H.Es exploded in a field 1/4 mile West of the

junction Warley Lane and Codham Hall Lane.  No damage or casualties.

11/09/1940    16.15  Great              British Spitfire crashed and burnt out 200 yards

Burstead        South of Will Farm Church Street.  Pilot baled out safe at Pipps Hill Basildon.

11/09/1940    16.20  Shenfield       British Spitfire crashed.  Machine badly damaged

in field 1/2 mile South West of Palmers Farm.  Pilot safe.

12/09/1940    03.15  Dunton          12 – I.Bs burnt out in fields adjoining Lower Avenue

and Marylands Chase.  No damage or casualties.

12/09/1940   03.15  Nevendon     2 – H.Es unexploded 200 and 250 yards North of

the Arterial Road opposite the Police houses.  No damage or casualties.

12/09/1940                Ramsden       1 – H.E. unexploded near De Beavois Chase.  No

damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 6.3.41

12/09/1940    03.15  North              1 – H.E. unexploded at Brickfields Farm Burnt Mills

Benfleet         Road 150 yards from road.  No damage or casualties.

12/09/1940                Ramsden       1 – H.E. or A.A. unexploded Shell in back garden

of “Rose Lodge”.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 6.3.41

12/09/1940    03.48  Rochford       I.Bs (a number) in a field at the bottom of Oak

Road 200 yards from Railway.  No damage or casualties.

12/09/1940                Rochford       1 – H.E. unexploded 400 yards West of Mucking

Hall Wood.  No damage or casualties.

12/09/1940    04.45  Brentwood     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in the back garden of

Hills Cottage, Warley Mount.  No damage or casualties.

12/09/1940                Ingrave           1 – H.E. unexploded in a clover field at Thorndon

Park.  No damage or casualties.

13/09/1940    11.30  Laindon         I.Bs (about 100) at Laindon, Langden Hills and Lee

Chapel.  11 houses slightly damaged and 2 seriously.  No casualties

13/09/1940    12.45  East                I.Bs (about 50) in a field at the junction of Tilbury

Horndon        Road and East Horndon round-a-bout.  No damage or casualties.

13/09/1940    12.45  East                5 – H.Es exploded to the rear of a bungalow called

Horndon        “Joslyn” Cadogan Avenue.  No damage or casualties.

13/09/1940                Basildon        1 – H.E. or A.A. unexploded Shell at Canes Farm.

10 yards from bungalow.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 6.3.41

13/09/1940    23.25  Hadleigh        1 – H.E. exploded on path at the Post Office at the

junction of Broughton & London Roads.  Overhead telephone wires down.  Damage to property.  Footpath blocked.  No casualties.

14/09/1940    03.10  Canewdon    I.Bs (about 40) on Marshes between Norpits and

RaypitsFarm.  No damage or casualties.

14/09/1940   03.30  Bowers           1 – H.E. exploded in back garden of 34 Highlands

Gifford            Road Pound Lane.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

14/09/1940    05.20  Canvey          5 – H.Es 1 unexploded in Canvey Island Bus Coy

Island             Garage. Leigh Beck, Point Road.  Road B 1014 closed and 1 in High Beck School grounds.  1 exploded in the mud and 2 on the sea wall near the Casino.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.  Safe B.D.S. 4.11.40 road & school open.

14/09/1940    06.00  Vange            Barrage Balloon grounded near Vange School.

Telephone and electric cables damaged.

14/09/1940               Lee Chapel   1 – H.E. unexploded in a field off Green Lane.  No

damage or casualties,

14/09/1940               Basildon        1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 200 yards South East of

junction Gardeners Lane and Basildon Road at Irverns Farm.  No damage or casualties.

14/09/1940    Vange                        1 – A.A unexploded Shell in garden of “Eden

Lodge” Timberlog Lane.  No damage or casualties.

14/09/1940    16.15  Rochford       British Spitfire crashed and burnt out in a field

adjoining Rochford Aerodrome 100 yards West of Ann Boleyn P.H.  Pilot killed.

14/09/1940   22.00  Hadleigh        2 – H.Es unexploded at the end of Rushbottom

Lane.  No damage or casualties.

14/09/1940   22.00  Wickford        1 – H.E. exploded on a bungalow in Rectory Road.

Extensive damage.  1 slight casualty.

14/09/1940   22.05  North              6 – H.Es 1 unexploded opposite junction of Old

Benfleet         Harrows Road and Arterial Road, 1 unexploded and 1 I.B. burnt out at Bonvilles Farm.  No damage or casualties.  Dealt with by B.D.S. 6.3.41

14/09/1940    23.00  Rochford       1 – H.E. exploded in the garden of a house in

Shopland.  Slight damage to property (Motor cycle blown onto shed roof).  No casualties.

14/09/1940   23.50  Hawkwell       2 – H.Es, 1 unexploded 100 yards West of Church

in a field (exploded at 08.20 the 15.9.40), 1 exploded 250 yards West of the Church.  1 slight casualty.  Church spire broken off.  Damage to a cottage and overhead electric cables.

14/09/1940   23.59  Little Warley  3 – H.Es exploded in a field 1/4 mile East of Hall

Lane and 500 yards South of Arterial Road.  1 cottage slightly damaged.  No casualties.

15/09/1940    14.30  Vange            7 – H.Es unexploded, 1 side of road Claremont

Road, 50 yards South of Clay Hill, 1 in front of “Tolange” Collingwood Road, 1 in garden of “Oaklands” Bull Road, 1 in back garden of “William Cottage” Pitseaville Grove, 1 in orchard at Ravenscourt Drive, 50 yards South of Bull Road, 1 in road outside “St Ives” Rushleigh Drive and 1 in a field off Milemay Road.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 14.10.40

15/09/1940    14.30  Pitsea             5 – H.Es unexploded, 1 in back garden of

“Kamarhate” Stanley Road, 1 in garden of “Kathleen Villa” Pitsea Road, 1 in garden of “Strathlene” The Avenue (safe 1.10.40) 1 in garden of “Herongate” Northlands Drive.  No casualties.  (Area declared safe by B.D.S. 26.9.40 Bull Road, Church Road and Clay Hill open)  No damage.

15/09/1940                Fambridge     1 – H.E. exploded on the sea wall 1/2 mile to the

rear of Fambridge Hall.  No casualties or damage.

15/09/1940    14.30  Pitsea             British Hurricane crashed and burnt out at Majolica

Drive.  Polish Pilot 302 Squadron from Duxford safe.

15/09/1940    14.36  Langdon        German Dornier Bomber crashed and burnt

Hills    out at Gladstone Road.  Crew 3 dead, 1 baled out and captured at Cory Works Thames Haven.

15/09/1940    14.45  Raweth          Flight Lieut. Chopik.  No 76691 A Polish

Pilot from Leckonfield killed at Forty Acres.  Removed to Southend Municipal Hospital Rochford.  No trace of aircraft in this Division.

15/09/1940    14.45  Billericay        British Hurricane crashed and burnt out in Smith’s

meadow, 300 yards West of “Archers Hall”.  Pilot Officer Hessee bailed out safe.

15/09/1940   14.50  Foulness       German Bomber crashed on the mud at Asplins

Island             Head.  Plane 500 yards from sea wall.  Crew 3 injured and 2 uninjured (prisoners),

15/09/1940    14.50  Pitsea             1 – H.E. unexploded on L.M.S. Railway

embankment, 100 yards East of Timberlog Lane Bridge.  No damage or casualties.

15/09/1940    15.30  Herongate     British Hurricane made a forced landing at the rear

of “The Willows Farm”.  Machine and Pilot safe.  Short of petrol.  Took off at 19-40.

15/09/1940    16.50  Basildon        1 – H.E. unexploded in the garden of “Alicia” Clay

Hill.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 5.4.41.

15/09/1940    20.25  Basildon        1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field opposite

Basildon Hall near “Beresford”.  No damage or casualties.  (safe 16.12.40).

16/09/1940    02.40  South Weald 1 – H.E. unexploded in a field adjoining Spital Lane

1/4 mile from A 12.  No damage or casualties.  Lane open disposed of B.D.S. 30.3.41.

16/09/1940                Herongate     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 14 yards from Billericay

Road opposite Mount Thrift Farm.  No damage or casualties

16/09/1940   11.55  Foulness       8 – H.Es exploded and about 1000 I.Bs burnt out

Island             near Small Gains Farm.  No damage or casualties.

16/09/1940    21.30  Canvey          5 – H.Es exploded near No 8 Gun Site of

Island             167th R.A. Battery at Northwick.  Slight damage to property, 1 slight casualty (a soldier).

16/09/1940    22.35  Brentwood     1 – A.A. Shell exploded by side of Priests Lane.

Slight damage to property.  1 fatal casualty (Mr Burges)

16/09/1940   23.30  Thundersley 1 – H.E. unexploded in a field at rear of “The

Rookery” Church End.  No damage or casualties.

16/09/1940    23.35  Brentwood     5 – H.Es exploded in Mascalls fields.  2 South of

L.N.E.R. and 3 20 yards North of L.N.E.R. 300 yards West of Mascalls Bridge.  Telephone wires down on Railway.  Damage to property.  4 horses wounded one had to be destroyed.

16/09/1940    23.35  Thundersley 1 – H.E. exploded near Nortons Depository, Bread

& Cheese Hill.  Gas main, overhead telephone and electric cables damaged.  London Road partly blocked.  Depository completely wrecked and a bungalow badly damaged.  1 slight casualty (a female)

16/09/1940    23.40  Thundersley 1 – H.E. unexploded in a field East of “Acacia

Lodge” Mount Road (exploded 08-09 the 17th)  No damage or casualties.

16/09/1940    23.45  South             3 – H.Es exploded in a field near Water Tower.  No

Benfleet         damage or casualties.

16/09/1940    23.55  Thundersley 1 – H.E. unexploded between 2nd & 3rd bungalow

Downer Road, South side of Bread & Cheese Hill.  Damage to property and gas main.  No casualties.

16/09/1940    23.55  Brentwood     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in back garden of

Carlton Mansion Warley Hill.  No damage or casualties.

16/09/1940    Pitsea                         1 – H.E. exploded on Marshes 600 yards North of

Land Reclamation Works.  No damage or casualties.

17/09/1940    00.01  Childerditch  1 – H.E. exploded 200 yards East of Church, also

12 I.Bs in the vicinity and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in a field 20 yards East of Childerditch Road opposite the Church.  No casualties.  Windows broken in the Rectory.

17/09/1940                Hadleigh        1 – H.E. exploded and 2 Oil I.Bs failed on Marshes.

50 yards from sea wall and 150 yards West of Fambridge Ferry Steps.  Also 7 I.Bs between Droughton, Seymour, London & Chelmsford Road.  No damage or casualties.

17/09/1940    00.30  Hadleigh        I.Bs (a number) at “Olaf” Woodfield Road &

vicinity.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

17/09/1940    03.00  North              2 – H.Es exploded in a field at rear of “Homewood”

Benfleet         Thistle Drive & adjoining South View Avenue.  1  Bungalow badly & others slightly damaged.  No casualties.

17/09/1940    03.00  Langdon        5 – H.Es 3 exploded in fields at junction Lewooton

Hills                Land & 2 unexploded at rear of Fobbing Farm.  No damage or casualties.

17/09/1940    03.30  Bowers           1 – H.E. exploded and 1 I.B. burnt out in a

Gifford            field, 150 yards from Arterial Road in Church Road.  No damage or casualties.

17/09/1940    04.25  Canvey          6 – H.Es exploded, 2 at Westwick Farm, 2 at

Island             Hole Haven Creek and 2 H.Es and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out 50 yards of land side of sea wall, 1 mile North of Lobster Smack.  Also a large number of I.Bs near No 8 Gun Site and at Dutch Village.  Damage to property. 2 slight casualties at Winter Gardens.

17/09/1940                Pilgrims          1 – H.E. exploded near The Forge Coxtie Green

Hatch             Road.  Overhead electric and telephone cables down.  No casualties.

17/09/1940    04.30  Nevendon     2 – H.Es exploded, 1 at Romford Farm and 1

opposite the Post Office.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

17/09/1940                North              2 – A.A. unexploded Shells, 1 is 150 yards North

Benfleet         and 1 1/4 mile North West of “Mona-Bene” Holmfield Avenue.  No damage or casualties.

17/09/1940                Billericay        Three cows electrocuted due to drifting Barrage

Balloon fouling electric cables.

17/09/1940                South             1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in the garden of

Benfleet         “Rosemead” London Road.  No damage or casualties.

17/09/1940    04.30  Pitsea             1 – H.E. exploded in a field at Blue House Farm 20

yards North of Railway and 300 yards West of Church Road.  No damage or casualties.

17/09/1940                Ingrave           1 – H.E. unexploded in Old Hall Wood Thorndon

Park near Hatch Farm (believed fell 12th).  No damage or casualties.  Not dealt with 23.7.41

17/09/1940   04.45  North             I.Bs (a number) near North Benfleet Hall Bardfields

Benfleet         Farm Smith’s Farm, Fanton Hall & Cotswold Farm.  No damage or casualties.

17/09/1940    05.55  South             4 – H.Es exploded in fields at Jotmans Farm.  No

Benfleet         damage or casualties.

17/09/1940    09.20  Rayleigh        3 – H.Es exploded in a Nursery off Downs Road.  1

slight casualty.  Slight damage to property.

17/09/1940    12.28  Pitsea             Body of German Airman found on Marshes behind

the Land Reclamation Works Ltd.  Parachute partly open.  Rank Captain Ludwig Dethner.  Identity Label A.B.L. 51578 Disc 27697

17/09/1940    20.00  Ingrave           1 – H.E. unexploded 500 yards to rear of Thrift

Cottage.  Also 1 A.A. unexploded Shell in Thrift Wood behind Thrift Cottage Hanging Wood Lane.  No damage or casualties.  A.A. B.D.S. 2.12.40?

17/09/1940   20.30  Herongate     1 – Oil I.B. burnt out in garden of “Berrie House”.

No damage or casualties.

17/09/1940   20.50  Shenfield       1 – H.E. exploded in garden of “Clifton House”

Worrin Road.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

17/09/1940   20.50  Ingrave           2 -H.Es exploded near The Rectory.  Damage to

property.  Electric and telephone cables down.  1 slight casualty.

17/09/1940   21.00  Crays Hill       1 – H.E. exploded in a garden of “Outlands”

Gardeners Lane.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

17/09/1940    21.10  Basildon        1 – H.E. exploded near The Rectory.  Water and

Gas mains damaged.  Sewer damaged.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

17/09/1940    21.20  Basildon        2 – H.Es unexploded in fields at Bury Farm, 1 West

side of Gardeners Lane, 500 yards North of Arterial Road and 1 120 yards South of Farm.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    00.05  Shenfield       2 – H.Es exploded at “Hillrise” & “Kynnersley”

Worrin Road.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

18/09/1940    00.15  Brentwood     1 – H.E. unexploded in a field at Calcott Hall Farm

Ongar Road.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940   01.35  North              1 – H.E. exploded in a field at Bardfield Farm.  2

Benfleet         Poultry houses destroyed and windows broken in bungalow.  No casualties.

18/09/1940    01.35  Vange            1 – H.E. exploded 50 yards South of Railway line

and 2 Oil I.Bs burnt out in fields 50 yards East of “Gordon House” Timberlog Lane.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    01.40  Pitsea             1 – H.E. exploded in a field at May Farm Briscoe

Road.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940   01.48  Pitsea             1 – H.E. exploded in a field 200 yards from

Felmores Farm Briscoe Road.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

18/09/1940    02.15  Great Warley I.Bs (a number) in vicinity of Headley Common.

Hedge on fire.  No casualties.

18/09/1940   03.00  Raweth          I.Bs (a number) burnt out in fields at Humas’s

Farm Water Lane.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    03.15  South Weald 2 – H.Es unexploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in

fields at Boyles Court.  Water main damaged.  No casualties.

18/09/1940    03.45  Canvey          I.Bs (a number) burnt out at Hole Haven Creek.

Island             No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    12.30  Nevendon     1 – H.E. exploded in a field 120 yards at rear of

Police houses.  Slight damage to Police property.  No casualties.

18/09/1940    16.00  Hawkwell       1 – Cannon Shell unexploded in garden of

“Eltham”.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940                Basildon        1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 100 yards North of

Rectory Road.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940   17.20  Hadleigh        1 – H.E. exploded in a field on West Hill Salvation

Army Colony, 200 yards North of Railway lines.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    17.30  Rayleigh        German Airman landed by parachute in a field by

Old Barn Farm Wickford Road.  Abrasions on face.

18/09/1940    17.30  Bowers           German Junkers 88 bomber crashed and burnt out

Gifford            on Marshes South of Railway lines and 1 mile West of Church.  Crew 2 bailed out.  1 Jacob Wene 28 years safe at Maldon, 1 dead at Vange and Gefrey Hans Bushbeck 23 years dead at Billericay Hospital.

18/09/1940    17.30  Thundersley German Airman’s broken parachute straps found

in garden of “Great Tarpots”.  Thought to belong to the dead German at Vange.

18/09/1940                Canvey          1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 300 yards from

Island             Central Avenue Winter Gardens.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    20.30  Great Warley 6 – H.Es exploded in vicinity of Susses Road.  6

slight casualties.  Extensive damage to property.

18/09/1940               Rochford       1 – A.A. unexploded Shell on path in allotments at

back of Slomans Cottage Ashingdon Road.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    20.30  Brentwood     2 – H.Es 1 exploded and 1 unexploded in a field off

Honeypot Lane 20 yards North and 400 yards East of Hill Road.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940                Vange            1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 50 yards South of

Railway Lines Timberlog Lane.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    20.30  Brentwood     1 – H.E. exploded in a disused well at rear of 22

Cromwell Road.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    20.32  Shenfield       I.Bs (a number) on Shenfield Common on grounds

of Ursuline Convent & Cornslands.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    20.45  South Weald 1 – H.E. exploded in a field North of Half-way

House Farm 150 yards from Weald Road.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    20.58  Rayleigh        A German white silk parachute found at Walfords

Farm Hullbridge Road.

18/09/1940   22.30  Mountnessing          1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 15 yards to rear

of 5 Tobey Lane.  In a field of Bakers Farm.  No damage or casualties.

18/09/1940    23.15  Brentwood     1 – H.E. unexploded behind Sports Pavilion on Gas

Company Sports Ground.  No damage or casualties.

19/09/1940    00.30  Little Warley  4 – H.Es exploded in a field North side of Arterial

Road 1 is 200 yards East and the remainder 500 yards West of Warley Street.  No damage or casualties.

19/09/1940    04.00  Hutton             2 – H.Es unexploded, 1 in garden of “Normanhurst”

and 1 in garden of next house.  No damage or casualties.  (Disposed of by B.D.S. 18.10.40?)

19/09/1940    04.00  Shenfield       1 – H.E. unexploded in garden of “Oddicom”

Shenfield Gardens.  No damage or casualties

19/09/1940    04.00  Hutton             7 – H.Es unexploded at Hutton Residential

Schools.  1 through a shelter causing 3 slight casualties.  Slight damage to property.  B.D.S. ?  Some outstanding.

19/09/1940    04.00  Wickford        10 – H.Es, 1 is unexploded.  All in fields 100 yards

from Cemetery Nevendon Road.  No damage or casualties.  17.1.41 B.D.S.

19/09/1940               Wickford        2 – H.Es exploded in a field near “Brentford Lodge”

Nevendon Road.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

19/09/1940    05.00  Brentwood     1 – H.E. exploded 30 yards North of Railway lines

near Nags Head Lane.  No damage or casualties.

19/09/1940   05.00  Little Warley  3 – H.Es exploded, 1 on road and 2 in fields 150

yards West of Warley Crossroads.  Up track S.L.T.  Telephone cables damaged.  No casualties.

19/09/1940   14.00  Basildon        1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field at Friens Farm

400 yards South West of Farm house.  No damage or casualties.

19/09/1940    21.30  Ramsden       1 – H.E. exploded at rear of “Cassels” Church

Bell House    Road.  Slight damage to property No casualties.

19/09/1940    21.40  Crays Hill       1 – Oil I.B. burnt out in garden of “Woodside”

London Road.  No damage or casualties.

19/09/1940    21.40  Foulness       2 – H.Es 1 exploded and 1 unexploded and 1 I.B.

Island             burnt out at Nazewick Farm.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 8.11.41

19/09/1940    21.45  Crays Hill       3 – H.Es exploded on main road.  Crays Hill.  Road

blocked for 500 yards West of Gardeners Lane A.129.  Water and gas mains damaged.  No casualties.

19/09/1940    21.48  North              3 – H.Es 2 exploded and 1 unexploded in Little

Benfleet         Hills meadow Fanton Hall Farm.  1  two near Pylon SEE/PD.11.  Unexploded 50 yards South of Railway bridge (taken away by B.D.S. 12.10.40).  No damage or casualties.

19/09/1940    21.50  Doddinghurst            I.Bs (a number) in fields between Outings

Land & Church Lane.  No damage or casualties.

19/09/1940    22.05  Downham     I.Bs ( a number) in fields near Hawkeswood Road

& De Beanwood Lane Crows Heath.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940    00.45  Pitsea             1 – H.E. unexploded 3/4 mile along inner wall of

Small Gains Creek, East of “Creek House”.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940    01.00  Basildon        1 – H.E. exploded at “Gordon Lodge” Rectory

Road.  House demolished.  Road blocked (open 20.9.40).  Water and gas mains damaged, electric cables down.  Slight damage to other houses, 2 slight casualties (shock).

20/09/1940   01.30  Bowers           1 – H.E. exploded 40 yards North of Laindon Road

Gifford            and 70 yards East of Sadlers Farm.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940    03.15  Vange            1 – H.E. exploded in a field at Marsh Farm

Brickfields Road.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940    04.00  Bowers           2 – H.Es exploded 400 yards South and 250

Gifford            yards South West of Smoky Farm.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940    04.49  Canvey          I.Bs (a number) at Waterside Farm.  No damage or

Island             casualties.

20/09/1940    04.50  Canvey          2 – H.Es exploded 300 yards East of No 8 Gun Site

Island             Northwick.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940    05.00  Canvey          I.Bs (a number) in fields at Leeches Farm.  No

Island             damage or casualties.

20/09/1940    22.50  Wickford        I.Bs (a number) 75 yards East of Railway Station,

No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940                Brentwood     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in garden of 88 Costead

Manor Road.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940               Little Warley  1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 300 yards South of

“Beredens” Front Lane.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 3.5.41.

20/09/1940                Ingrave           1 H.E. unexploded in a field at Botany Hill Farm,

35 yards East of Blind Lane & 300 yards North of Botany Hill.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940   23.00  Crays Hill       I.Bs (a number) burnt out in a field off Church

Lane.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940   23.00  Mountnessing          1 – H.E. unexploded in a field North East of

Westlands Farm.  No damage or casualties.

20/09/1940   23.15  Wickford        I.Bs (a number) at rear of “The Chase” London

Road.  No damage or casualties.

21/09/1940    03.00  Great              1 – H.E. unexploded in a field at Stony Hills Farm.

Warley            No damage or casualties.

21/09/1940    03.00  Little                2 – H.Es 1 exploded and 1 unexploded on

Burstead        greensward 400 yards North of junction Dunton and Rectory Roads.  Slight damage to road (the unexploded H.E. exploded 5.10.40 road open).  No casualties.

21/09/1940    03.30  Pitsea             The roof of 8 houses damaged by shrapnel from

A.A. gun fire at Howards Crescent.  No casualties.

21/09/1940   04.00  East                1 – H.E. unexploded on footpath South side of

Horndon        Arterial Road 300 yards East of Moor Lane.  (A.127 closed).  Telephone cables down.  No casualties.

21/09/1940    04.00  Billericay        I.Bs (a number) at Outward Farm.  No damage or

casualties.

21/09/1940    04.20  Crays Hill       I.Bs (a number) between Crays Hall Farm and

“The Parsonage”.  Slight damage to Crays Hall.  No casualties.

21/09/1940               Shenfield       1 – H.E. unexploded under floor of room of “Tirley”

Priests Lane.  Damage to property.  No casualties.  (removed 8.10.40 by B.D.S.)

21/09/1940    20.30  Wickford        1 – H.E. exploded in mid-air at “Westview”, The

Chase London Road.  1 slight casualty.  Slight damage to property.

21/09/1940    21.30  Hockley          1 parachute mine unexploded in garden of

“Mornings Quest” Aldermans Hill Road B.1013 blocked.  No damage or casualties.  (Rendered harmless by Admiralty 22nd removed 24th)

21/09/1940   21.45  Great Warley 2 – H.Es exploded near the Church, Warley Street.

Structural damage doors and windows blown in.  Slight damage to cottages.  No casualties.

21/09/1940    22.00  South             2 – Parachute mines, 1 exploded and 1

Fambridge     unexploded on Beckney Marshes.  11/4 miles South West of South Fambridge Ferry Steps (the unexploded was exploded by B.D.S. 6.10.40).  No damage or casualties.

21/09/1940    22.09  Rayleigh        1 – Parachute mine unexploded at entrance of the

Recreation ground.  (Rendered harmless by Admiralty 22nd).  No damage or casualties.

21/09/1940    22.20  Basildon        Damage to roof of Post Office Church Road by

shrapnel  No casualties.

21/09/1940    22.28  Wickford        1 – Parachute mine exploded 100 yards West of

Elder Avenue.  Damage to property, 3 slight casualties.

21/09/1940   22.35  Nevendon     1 – Parachute mine exploded in mid-air 50 yards

South of Nevendon Hall Farm.  No damage or casualties.

21/09/1940    22.50  Laindon         1 – Parachute mine unexploded 75 yards North

West end of Bourne Avenue (exploded by Admiralty 27th).  Extensive damage to property.  No casualties.

21/09/1940               South             1 – Parachute mine unexploded at Jotmans Lane

Benfleet         300 yards from Railway bridge and 40 feet from Railway.  Train service suspended  (rendered harmless by Admiralty and burnt by B.D.S. 7.10.40)  No damage or casualties.

21/09/1940    23.00  Basildon        1 – Parachute mine exploded 50 yards West of

Honeypot Lane Basildon Road (rendered safe by Admiralty 26th and burnt by B.D.S. 26th November 1940)  No damage or casualties.

21/09/1940    23.00  Basildon        1 – Parachute mine unexploded in a field 70 yards

East of Honeypot Lane.  No parachute attached (rendered safe by Admiralty 23rd and destroyed by burning by B.D.S. 7.10.40).  No damage or casualties.

21/09/1940   23.00  Laindon         1 – Parachute mine unexploded in a field North

side of Dunton Road 300 yards West of Fortune-of-War P.H.  (Dunton Road blocked between Fortune-of-War and Rectory Road)  Mine exploded 16-00 the 22nd.  Damage to 30 houses 2 children killed (Patrick G Cooksey, 15 years and James H Howard 14 year)  Identification circumstantial.

22/09/1940    00.27  Canvey          1 – H.E. exploded on a domestic shelter in garden

Island                         of “Fenwick” Church Parade Winter Gardens.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

22/09/1940    21.00  Pilgrims          1 – H.E. unexploded in part of field 200 yards North

Hatch             of White Horse P.H. and 300 yards from road.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940    08.30  Laindon         Electric cables damaged by shrapnel from A.A.

gun fire in Elizabeth Drive 100 yards East of Northumberland Avenue.  No casualties.

23/09/1940               Laindon         1 – H.E. exploded in a field 300 yards South of

Arterial Road and 50 yards West of Lower Dunton Road.  Slight damage to property, no casualties.

23/09/1940               Coxtie Green 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 100 yards

South of Coxtie Green Road and 100 yards East of Park Lane.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940               North              1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a ditch on North side

Benfleet         of Burnt Mills Road.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940                Great Warley 1 – H.E. and 1 – A.A. Shell both unexploded in

garden of “Woodside Cottage” Warley Road Upminster Common.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940   21.30  Little Warley  1 – Parachute mine exploded near Little Warley

Hall.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940    21.30  South Weald 1 – H.E. unexploded in Workers field 100 yards

from Lincoln Road and 100 yards from Workers Cottage.  No damage or casualties (exploded by B.D.S. 24.9.40).

23/09/1940    21.30  Coxtie Green 1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 200 yards West of

Lincoln Farm.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940    Night  Vange            Horse killed by shrapnel 4 inches long through

corrugated iron roof of stables at “Longmond” Ravens Court Drive.

23/09/1940   22.30  South Weald I.Bs (a number) in fields and gardens at Weald

Side.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940    22.30  Shenfield       3 – H.Es exploded and 3 Oil I.Bs burnt out in fields

at Palmers Farm.  4 cows, 2 heifers and 1 bullock slaughtered and 1 heifer slightly injured.

23/09/1940                Mountnessing          1 – H.E. unexploded at South West corner

of field at junction of Mountnessing Road and Padhams corner near Buttsbury Wash.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940   22.35  Herongate     3 – H.Es exploded in a field 30 yards South of “Old

Ship Cottage” Hatch Farm.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940               Mountnessing          3 – H.Es exploded in a field 500 yards East

of Westland Farm.  No damage or casualties.

23/09/1940   23.40  Billericay        1 – H.E. exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out on lawn

of “Norsey Manor”  Slight damage to property, no casualties.

23/09/1940    23.59  Billericay        2 – H.Es exploded in gardens of “Belvedere” and

“Banlah” Jacksons Lane.  Shed demolished and slight damage to other property.  No casualties.

23/09/1940   24.00  Ingrave           1 – H.E. exploded in a field 40 yards from

Childerditch Hall and 2 Oil I.Bs burnt out in Wilson’s Orchard Childerditch.  No damage or casualties.

24/09/1940    08.45  Herongate     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in garden of “Lokaja”

No damage or casualties.

24/09/1940    09.00  Billericay        A British aeroplane engine found in a field 300

yards West of Mill Hill Wood.

24/09/1940    09.30  East Horndon           1 – A.A. unexploded Shell near hedge on

West side of Moor Lane opposite Folfs Farm (road closed) open 18-10 24th.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 16.10.41

24/09/1940                Laindon         1 – A.A. exploded Shell in garden of

“Avonlea” Highwich Drive Primrose Estate.  No damage or casualties.

24/09/1940    20.45  Raweth          11 – H.Es 1 exploded between Council houses and

Gooses Cottages, 8 exploded and 2 unexploded in fields between Burrels Farm and Beeches Road Crossing Road A. 130.  No damage or casualties.  (Unexploded disposed of by B.D.S. 4.10.40)

24/09/1940                Coxtie Green 2 – A.A. unexploded Shells at Coxtie Green Farm,

100 yards from road.

24/09/1940   21.30  Great Warley 1 – Parachute mine unexploded in Hartswood.  No

damage or casualties.  (exploded 29th by R.Es damage to property).

24/09/1940   21.45  Little Warley  Damage to roof and windows at Little Warley Hall

and cottages nearby.  Cause (H.E. on Upminster beat. No casualties.

24/09/1940   21.45  East Horndon           2 – H.Es exploded on permanent way of

LMSR 200 yards West of bridge over Little Warley Lane.  Light engine derailed.  No casualties.  (Line open 26th)

24/09/1940    22.00  Wickford        2 – H.Es exploded in a field West of 5th Avenue

Shotgate.  No damage or casualties.

24/09/1940    22.55  Little                1 – Parachute mine exploded in a field 400 yards

Burstead        South West of St Margarettes Farm.  6 sheep destroyed.

24/09/1940    23.05  Little                I.Bs ( a number) in fields at Botony Hill Farm.  No

Burstead        damage or casualties.

24/09/1940    23.10  Crays Hill       1 – Parachute mine unexploded 30 yards from a

house and 100 yards South of A.129 Wickford to Billericay (road blocked)  (exploded 4.10.40 by B.D.S.)  Telephone wires down 50 houses damaged, 7 seriously.   No casualties.

25/09/1940   08.05  Hutton            1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 20 yards North of Collins

Farm.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 30.4.41

25/09/1940                Laindon         1 – A.A. unexploded 70 yards South of junction Dry

Street and Leawooton.  No damage or casualties.

25/09/1940                Laindon         1 – A.A. unexploded Shell on footpath outside

“Fraji”.  No damage or casualties.

25/09/1940    13.30  Raweth          1 – H.E. exploded 100 yards East of Highlands

Farm.  No damage or casualties.

25/09/1940   21.30  Coxtie Green 2 – H.Es exploded in a field opposite Gilstead Hall

300 yards from road on Mc Turks land.  No damage or casualties.

25/09/1940   22.30  Mountnessing          1 – Parachute mine exploded in mid-air over

fields at rear of Woodlands Farm.  No damage or casualties.

25/09/1940   22.30  Mountnessing          1 – Parachute mine unexploded in a field at

rear of Bullmans Farm Swallows Cross.  No damage or casualties.

25/09/1940   23.20  Billericay        1 – Parachute mine exploded in mid-air between

Mountnessing Road and Western Road.  No damage or casualties.

25/09/1940    23.25  Billericay        1 – Parachute mine exploded at rear of “Kiaora”

South Green 1 slight casualty 25 houses badly damaged.

25/09/1940   23.30  Great              1 – Parachute mine exploded 100 yards South of

Burstead        road A.129, opposite Culle’s Metal Works.  Factory damaged extensive damage to houses.  40 people homeless, 6 slight casualties.

26/09/1940    01.15  Foulness       8 – H.Es exploded near Military Road at Landwick.

Island             No damage or casualties.

26/09/1940    02.15  Vange            1 – H.E. exploded in garden of “Parva” South View

Road.  Extensive damage to property.  No casualties.

26/09/1940               Little                1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in garden of “Clements”

Burstead        Broomhill Estate.  No damage or casualties.

26/09/1940                Pitsea             1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 500 yards North of Land

Reclamation Works Ltd. And 400 yards East of Sea Transport Stores.  No damage or casualties.

26/09/1940    15.25  Basildon        1 – H.E. exploded in a field 500 yards North West

of junction Gardeners & Rectory Lanes.  No damage or casualties.

26/09/1940                Great Warley 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 40 yards South

of Codham Hall Lane and 1/4 mile West of Warley Street.  No damage or casualties.

26/09/1940    21.40  Vange            1- Parachute mine exploded in a field at Tomkins

Farm 600 yards from A.13.  1 horse and 7 cows killed others injured.  Extensive damage to property.

26/09/1940    22.00  Downham     1 – Parachute mine exploded near “Kites”.  No

damage or casualties.

26/09/1940   22.00  Ramsden       1 – Parachute mine exploded in a field 300 yards

Heath East of Church Road.  Damage to Police houses.  No casualties.

26/09/1940    22.00  Laindon         1 – Parachute mine unexploded in a field between

Leatwooton Lane and Bell Hill Road 600 yards North of Dry Street.  Road closed.  (rendered safe by Admiralty 27th, road open exploded 5.10.40.  No damage or casualties.

27/09/1940    02.00  Pitsea             3 – H.Es exploded on Marshes 1/4 mile East of

Sea Transport Stores.  No damage or casualties.

27/09/1940                Hutton            1 – H.E. exploded 100 yards North and 1 – A.A.

unexploded Shell 1/4 mile West of Cresseys Farm.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 30.4.41

27/09/1940                Thundersley Damage to roof and property by shrapnel at

“Highfield” Rayleigh Road.  No casualties.

27/09/1940    Night  Brentwood     1 – Parachute mine unexploded in Donkeyland

Plantation.  No damage or casualties.  (exploded by R.Es 29th Damage to surrounding property).

27/09/1940               East                1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 1/4 mile East of

Horndon        Dunton Hills Farm house.  No damage or casualties.

28/09/1940    01.25  Ramsden       2 – H.Es exploded.  1 Fourty acre plantation and 1

Heath             in field off Outward Common Road.  Slight damage to property.  Telephone wires down.  No casualties.

28/09/1940    02.15  Great Warley I.Bs (a number) in vicinity of Woodman Road and

Headley Chase.  No damage or casualties.

28/09/1940    02.20  Downham     5 – H.Es exploded. 1 is 10 feet from Railway 300

yards West of Castledon Road Bridge and 4 in lane to “De Beavoir House”.  Extensive damage to property.  No casualties.

28/09/1940   04.00  Pitsea             No 4 Haywards Crescent (Council Property)

damaged by shrapnel to roof.  No casualties.

28/09/1940    04.05  Ramsden       I.Bs (a number) in a field 1/4 mile North of the

Heath             Searchlight Post near Mill Lane.  “Longleigh” a bungalow burnt out.  No casualties.

28/09/1940    09.00  East                1 -A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 100 yards North

Horndon        of L.M.S. Railway and 100 yards West of Hall Lane.  No damage or casualties.

28/09/1940   23.10  Thundersley Roof of “Hillside” Rayleigh Road damaged by

shrapnel.  No casualties.

29/09/1940    06.45  Rayleigh        1 – I.B burnt out in a garden at rear of bungalow in

Nelson Road.  No damage or casualties.

29/09/1940    07.15  Hockley          I.Bs (a number) burnt out in fields of Lovedowns

Farm Lower Road.  Also machine gunning of cattle and buildings.  No damage or casualties.

29/09/1940                Rayleigh        1 – I.B. unburnt in hedge at Trinity Road.  No

damage or casualties.  (deposited at Rochford Police Station)

29/09/1940                South             1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field at “Rochetts”

Weald             Near Searchlight Post 30 yards from road.  No                                                              damage or casualties.

30/09/1940                Great Warley 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 10 yards South

East of electric light pole at corner of wood near “Warley Lodge” stables.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 28.4.41

30/09/1940    17.35  Nevendon     Parachute of pilot and engine of a Spitfire which

crashed 5.9.40, found in a field at Nevendon.

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