At the risk of being boring…
I have been doing a bit of research regarding the bomb that dropped in my father’s street. I now have a book- Chingford At War- which has an account of the incident. The bomb that was dropped was in fact more than twice the size I thought it was. This is a pair of them:
They were called SC1000- the 1000 refers to kilos, so 2200lbs. They measured 2.78 metres in length! These apparently were dropped from Heinkel HE 111 bombers and were too big to go into the bomb bay, so were strapped to the underside of the aircraft and usually followed by incendiary devices which would ignite the debris once there had been an ‘opening up’ by the larger bomb
It killed 10 people and not 8 as I had thought and seriously injured several others. 14 houses were demolished and “hundreds of others were damaged.” As far as I can work out, the bomb detonated just to the left of the property and probably no more than a few feet from my dad’s front door. Incendiary bombs then set fire to the buildings and a ruptured gas main.
An absolute miracle that he, my grandmother and great grandmother survived.