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    At about 8.50 am on 8 October 1940, a number of bombs were dropped across Central London; amongst the areas affected was High Holborn/Chancery Lane. I would be interested to know what is recorded about events that day/time in the Fighter Command War Diaries, Vol 2.

    My interest is in one of the casualties, Joan Ellen Hill, an 18 years-old clerk employed at the Met Office headquarters in Victory House, and I'm hoping the reference can provide some background for a brief biography I'm trying to put together.

    Brian.

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    Brian,
    Presume you've seen http://bombsight.org/data/sources/? It appears to be the old LFB bomb-plots, but with a lot more 'whistles & bells' - which, of course, makes it more difficult to navigate and find/extract what you want!!
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    Yes, thanks, Peter, but I'm finding it a bit of a mish-mash. For example the detailed data in the reference refers only to 7 October. Also it only provides weekly bomb censuses. According to the map at http://bombsight.org/#17/51.51780/-0.11398 (zoom in) no bombs fell on High Holborn on the 8th. The four incidents marked in the vicinity for the week 7-14 October all refer to the 7th.

    There is an account of casualties and photos of bomb damage along High Holborn at http://blitzincidents.blogspot.co.uk...ober-1940.html. Unfortunately there are no images of the junction with Chancery Lane.

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    Hi Brian,
    I work for the London Fire Brigade.
    I will check our photographic archive to see if any images exist relating to October 8th.
    Regards
    Gerry

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    Thank you, Gerry. My girl's death certificate records the place of death as being Chancery Lane and High Holborn. Another reference (http://blitzincidents.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/) places her death and that of 14 others as being High Holborn, by Chancery Lane. Another reference, Boy in the Blitz by Colin Perry (2000), describes Chancery Lane being bombed, buses being hit and passengers being killed and wounded.

    Brian

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