Ipswich: Raid No14

On November 10th, Air Raid message “White ” was received at 21:56 and then message “Purple” at 22:38. At about 22:20 a single raider circled the town, apparently following first the Felixstowe railway then the main Yarmouth-Ipswich line. A total of 39 kilo-electron incendiary bombs were dropped over a line of about five miles long; all but three ignited. Bombs were recorded as follows:

  • In the garden of No 532 Felixstowe Road
  • Priory Heath playing field
  • In garden of No 66 Felixstowe Road; failed to ignite
  • No 2 Drake Square North, hit the roof braking a few tiles then bounced on to the ground
  • In garden of No 1 Ransome Crescent
  • In the grounds of Nacton Road School
  • In the garden of No 21 Clapgate Lane
  • Junction of Severn Road and Wye Road, in a garden
  • No 31 Severn Road; penetrated the bungalow roof and then burnt a hole in the carpet and floor boards to earth beneath.
  • In railway cutting near Fuchsia Lane
  • In garden of No 162 Spring Road; failed to ignite
  • In the grounds of the Catholic Hall, Spring Road
  • Waste land on Tuddenham Avenue
  • No 38 Gainsborough Road – penetrated the roof to land on bedroom floor
  • No 45 Constable Road, penetrated the roof, burning a hole through the bedroom floor then the ground floor to earth beneath
  • In a passage at the rear of High School, Westerfield Road
  • In Christchurch Park, near Westerfield Road entrance
  • In the grounds of the Arboretum
  • Playing fields, Ipswich School
  • Smith’s Garage, Redan Street. Burnt out in passage way
  • No 33 Ann Street – penetrated roof to bedroom floor
  • No 52 Victoria Street – penetrated back bedroom roof, through the bedroom floor landing on the kitchen table
  • Akester’s Laundry – penetrated through roof to top floor
  • Greyhound track, London Road
  • London Road allotments, near railway
  • Artillery Field, Stone Lodge Lane
  • Three landed in “Birkfield” grounds, Belstead Road
  • Eight landed in “Bromhayes”, Belstead Road
  • Maidenhall Farm; failed to ignite.
    • All the bombs that ignited were dealt with by the Police, public, Wardens and Fire Service very quickly. There were no casualties and little call on the ARP services.

      Above: Approx course of raid no 14.

raid no 14

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