Chace Community School and local designer help uncover where bombs hit Enfield during World War II

This is a map of where bombs hit Enfield

June 27th 1944 12.07pm Chesterfield Road, Enfield. One teacher, Miss Parnell, and two passing soldiers were killed.

January 25th 1945 07.12am Gordon Hill. Gordon Hill station, Enfield Chase Hospital and 1,200 houses effected. Eight people were killed and forty-six others seriously injured.

Chace Community School carrying out a dig

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A school worked with a designer to investigate where 'flying bombs' fell on Enfield during the Second World War.

Chace Community School in Churchbury Lane, Enfield, teamed up with designer Joe Robinson to find out about the German missiles that landed in the area during the Second World War.

By exploring archives and visiting museums, pupils discovered 67 known bombs that hit Enfield in 1944 and 1945.

Of these, 41 were V1 flying bombs, otherwise known as the doodlebug, and 26 were V2 ballistic missiles, the world first long-range missile.

More than a hundred people were killed and hundreds more wounded.

The Terror From the sky project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be on display at Forty Hall Farm in Forty Hill, Enfield on Sunday, February 23, together with a fire sculpture recreating the horror of the attacks.

Mr Robinson explained his reasons for setting up the ‘Terror from the Sky’ project. He said: “Investigating this topic really gives you a shock in terms of discovering the destruction done in Enfield. It shows how Enfield really was at the sharp end of the war.

“Working with the children really showed that this topic can be a fascinating way to engage young people in learning about their community.

“We discovered that Enfield was one of the most targeted boroughs in the capital and that is no coincidence as lots of weapons were made here. It is obvious to me now when I look at streets where bombs have landed, the houses look completely different, it’s been fascinating.”

Mr Robinson was able to create a map of all the bombs that landed in Enfield.

Thomas Moore, a student from the school said: “It showed me how I could go and research things and it was interesting to see the bomb maps. Others, like me, had not even known that Enfield had been bombed.”

 

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