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Bomb damage to Paddington Station in 1941

Bomb damage to Paddington Station in 1941


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Size: 2728 x 1896 (967KB)

Date: 28th February 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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Bomb damage to Paddington Station in 1941

A view of the departure side of Paddington Station following the explosion of a parachute mine on 17th April 1941. A gaping hole can be seen to the right of the image where the station offices were located and a clean-up operation is well under way. The explosion claimed the lives of 18 people, including six staff, with a further 97 people injured. It also destroyed No.2 Booking Hall which was situated adjacent to Platform 1

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Bomb Damage Paddington Station World War 2


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This poignant print captures the devastating aftermath of a parachute mine explosion at Paddington Station on 17th April 1941. The image showcases the departure side of the station, revealing a harrowing scene of destruction and chaos. To the right, a gaping hole stands as a haunting reminder of where the once bustling station offices were located. In this snapshot, we witness an ongoing clean-up operation in full swing, as determined workers strive to restore order amidst the rubble. Their tireless efforts are evident, showcasing resilience and determination even in the face of such tragedy. The consequences of this horrific event were profound: eighteen lives lost, including six dedicated staff members who tragically perished while serving their duties. Additionally, ninety-seven individuals sustained injuries that would forever alter their lives. Notably destroyed by this catastrophic blast was No. 2 Booking Hall, situated adjacent to Platform 1. This hall served as a hub for countless travelers embarking on journeys both near and far; its absence now serves as a stark symbol of loss and disruption during World War II. As we reflect upon this photograph from STEAM Museum's collection documenting Paddington Station's bomb damage during wartime Britain, let us remember those who suffered and honor their memory by cherishing peace and unity in our world today.

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