CHAPTER 8 NUMBERS OF MISSILES

Elsewhere is given a report of the various incidents in some detail but it may be of interest to note the following totals of the missiles which fell within the Borough Boundaries. (Missiles falling in other Boroughs are not included even if they caused damage in Walthamstow.)

Type of Missile
Exploded
Unexploded
Total
High Explosive Bombs
469
25
494
Mines
17
5
22
Phosphorus I.B.s
8
2
10
Oil Bombs
38
5
43
A.A. Shells
67
90
157
Rocket U.P. Shells (A.A.)
16
5
21
Small Yellow Bombs
12
17
29
 
627
149
776

We are forbidden for " security reasons " to state the exact number of Fly Bombs and Rockets which fell in the Borough, but it was approximately two score.

No exact figure is available for Incendiary bombs but it is estimated that about 5,000 fell in Walthamstow in some 400 different places. In the chapters dealing with "Casualties" and with "Damage and Repairs", some comparisons were originally made as to the results of the earlier and later type of missiles but for "security reasons" these may not now be published.

It must therefore suffice to say that even with ordinary H.E. bombs the later types, (such as were used in the early part of 1944), appeared to contain a new and much more effective explosive, weight for weight, than those used during the Blitz period.

Part I - General

Part IIa - The Services

Part IIb - The Services

Part III - The Story of the Raids

Part IV - Flying Bombs & Rockets

Part V - To the Unknown Citizen