Air Raid on Croydon

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16 Aug 1940

USSRReference: 3/PPDT/T40


No: 89616th Aug. 40

To JOHN [DZhON][i].

1. I was at CROYDON Aerodrome today after a German air-raid:
  1. The aerodrome's central buildings were demolished.
  2. The main and repair hangars were demolished.
  3. A large number of buildings were seriously damaged.
  4. The main road along the aerodrome was closed, apparently because of the serious damage to war matériel located [1 group missed].
  5. Many HURRICANES were dispersed round the aerodrome.
  6. A large number of LEWIS guns are dispersed in the fields opposite the aerodrome. They were not there last week.

2. The press reports that CROYDON was bombed by about 50 aircraft at a height of 600 metres. There have been two air-raid alerts again in LONDON today. Details [B% by letter].

No. 230DICK [DIK][ii]

Comments: [i] JOHN: Unidentified MOSCOW addressee 6th July 1940 - 16th September 1950.
 [ii] DICK: Covername of unidentified LONDON signatory and addressee between 6th July 1940 and 11th October 1940.

United States National Security Agency

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C. Peter Chen

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1. Mr Kenneth Mayle says:
16 Nov 2015 11:30:23 PM

it was a lovely summers evening.i was in the garden with my parents who's birthday it was.August 15th 1940.A flight of 12 planes came accross from the east in tight formation,we watched them as they made their way towards the east.As they flew my mum said there is something falling from the planes,Dad immediately pushed us into the anderson shelter saying they are bombs.I snuck out of the shelter as the planes were too far away to be a danger"in my mind",they only cirlcled for about ten minutes then slowly returned the way they had come.When they were out of sight the air raid warning siren went. ha ha too late. i saw no interception by any of our planes or heard any gunfire from groung ack ack units.The German aircraft were out of sight soon and still they were unmolested. If they were it was after they had left the scene of their raid and well on the way home.
2. Ron says:
10 Feb 2018 02:57:58 AM

Living at Wallington on the edge of the Airport my friend and I were watching a squadron of Hurricans landing at Croydon when we saw 12 to 15 plane coming from the direction of London. Being mad on flying I recognised them as ME 210 fighter bombers. They then started diving on the airdrome and we saw the bombs leaving them. My sister worked at GKN on the Purley Way so I ran home to find her at home. She left work early that evening at 5 o/c all her friends who worked in the typing pool who worked untill 6 o/c were killed.

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