Blitz Chronology


21 Jan
1st  large use of AFS at a fire on board the MV DIOMEDES Gladstone Dock, Bootle, 6 AFS P  with LFB SAV & CFO Owens also at ship owners request.

8/9 Aug
First bombs dropped on Merseyside at Prenton, Wirral.

Brunswick Dock, 1940.
Brunswick Dock, 1940.

17/18 Aug

17/18 Aug
First bombs on Liverpool Brunswick, N Coburg & S Queens docks, LOR, LMS Caryl St LMS Goods Stn
Grain silo

19/20 Aug
First incendiaries fell on Eaton Rd, Robert Davies Nursing Home

28/29 Aug
Mossley Hill Parish Church seriously damaged
Kingsmead Dv & St Annes Rd, Aigburth hit

29/30 Aug
Damage across the City apart from the Centre

31 Aug / 01 Sep
Custom House set on fire and Fm machine gunned
Surface shelter on Cleveland St hit
2 Cotton warehouse on Vandries St & Stone St badly damaged

03/04 Sep
Lark La & Ullet Rd areas
Aigburth Vale High School incendiaries
Lodge La Ropeworks incendiaries
Pollards garage, scent works incendiaries

04/05 Sep
Edge Hill Goods station
Lister Dv Power station and surrounding properties
Dunlop rubber works
Tunnel Rd Cinema
Palace Ice Rink
Several churches & schools

05/06 Sep
First use of Flammenbomb [oil bombs] on Liverpool
Claudia St, Walton
Washington St
St James Rd
Liverpool Cathedral - windows broken
Norfolk St

06/07 Sep
Liver Grease Oil & Chemical Co. Norfolk St gutted
Milners Safe Works Smithdown La - 14 ambulances damaged
Liverpool Cathedral
Children’s Convalescent Home

10/11 Sep
West Derby
Speke Rd

11/12 Sep
Belle Vale Rd - oil bombs & HE

12/13 Sep
SW Langton dock
Wellington Rd - two houses demolished
Carnatic Rd - house seriously damaged

14 Sep
Gladstone & Alexandra Docks hit by 1 aircraft with HE & incendiaries

15/16 Sep
Norris Green
Speke Airport fields
Palace Ice Rink
Prescot Rd
Huntley Rd - house demolished
3 RAF killed by delayed action bomb
Carlton Cinema, Moss La incendiaries
1 AFS Fm killed at 95 Gt Homer St on 16th

17 Sep
Rootes Factory - daylight raid
Speke houses daylight
Lockerby Rd church
PC killed Currie St
8 AFS firemen killed direct hit on Green La AFS station

City Museum William Brown Street, 1941.
City Museum William Brown Street, 1941.

18/19 Sep
Walton Goal 22 killed
St Michael’s station
Brownlow St
Fazakerley Nurses Home
Southwood Rd

19/20 Sep
West Derby - Hilary Rd, Rossmore Gdns

21/22 Sep
T J Hughes store, London Rd
Mersey Underground Railway tube penetrated
Rimrose Rd timber Yard
Alexandra Dock warehouse
Byng St warehouse

23/24 Sep
Minor raids in the north of the City
Walton Park Chapel
Robson St church & houses

24/25 Sep
Glegg St Cotton warehouse
Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse
Silcock’s Cattle Food Mill
Love La
Gt Howard St
Church St
Parker St
Clayton Sq

26/27 Sep Thur / Fri
1st Large raid on Liverpool 
Wapping Dock - GM awarded                       ]
Dukes Dock -                                              ] 15 cotton warehouses lost
Kings & Queens Dock                                  ]
Brunswick Dock-fires out of control
Coburg Grain silos saved
Cunard Building
Custom House
MD&HB Building
Brunswick St
Admiralty Store Canning Pl
Highlighted the shortage of and unsuitability (too old) of some fire watchers
Regional Re-enforcement scheme first activated, 221 people killed
LPFB who had gone via the tunnel to assist Birkenhead were withdrawn

27/28 Sep
Gt Homer St houses
Banks Rd School Garston

The Durning Road tragedy
The Durning Road tragedy

29/30 Sep
A total of 55 fires requiring 34 LFB & 4 Bootle P, 2 TL & 10 other P [50 in all]
Everton houses
Aigburth houses
Aigburth Free Church gutted
Dukes Dock Warehouse oil cake, grain and flax
1 AFS Fm killed on 30th by a falling wall at Dukes Dock

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About Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre


Merseyside has a 180-year proud tradition of firefighting and has often been at the forefront of innovation and new technology during that time.

The service has memorabilia, machines and equipment from generations of firefighting and one of the largest photographic archives of any UK fire and rescue service including more than 80,000 digitised files and pictures. Why not visit our Heritage and Education Centre.

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Opening Times

The Heritage Centre is open to the Public Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 15.00.

It is essential that visits are pre-booked, preferably by telephone or email.

Tel: 0151 296 4714 / 4640


For reception staff if members of the public arrive at reception to visit the Heritage Centre without pre-booking please phone the centre to check staff are available.

The Heritage and Education centre is located at; Bridle Road, Bootle, L30 4YD