Alnmouth at War

The following extracts are taken from a comprehensive Web Site of World War ll Military History of the North East; copyright remains with the original authors.

Monday, 30th September,1940 A Spitfire from 610 Squadron based at Acklington crashed on the beach at Alnmouth due to a flying accident. The aircraft was a write-off, and the 21-year-old pilot, Flying Officer C. H. Bacon, was killed.

Wednesday, 9th April ,1941 19.40 During a reconnaissance flight over Newcastle, a Junkers Ju 88A was shot down by Spitfires of 72 Squadron and crashed into the sea off Alnmouth. The body of one of the crew was recovered from the sea at Amble, the other three are missing.

Tuesday, 3rd June,1941 15.00 An enemy plane passed over Boulmer dropped bombs and machine-gunned the village. Believed to be an unexploded bomb near Boulmer. One bomb at Foxton. A plane heading North machine-gunned Longhoughton Village. A Spitfire was seen chasing the plane. A soldier was slightly hurt in High Street, Alnmouth

Sunday, 8th June,1941 The barrage balloon vessel 'Cor Jesu' while on Admiralty service, was sunk by enemy aircraft off Alnmouth.

Wednesday, 13th August,1941 11.37 Two bombs on the railway line South of Alnmouth railway station, dropped from an enemy plane flying at about 100ft. Slight damage to railway line. Unexploded bomb, reported on East side of main LNER track, proved to be the tail fins from one of the bombs buried in the ground.

Saturday, 8th November,1941 19.20 Two bombs on Alnmouth Village; one on a house in Argyle Street, the other in the roadway (a cul-de-sac). People trapped - still digging for four adults and three children believed buried. Later - five missing presumed dead, two died in hospital and twenty were injured. The bodies of a woman identified, also that of a man believed to be a Major Hawkes. Another woman's body recovered later. Three houses demolished, eleven uninhabitable and many others damaged badly.

Telephone communication on the South side of the village cut off.

Blame attached to two buses at terminus in Argyle Street - their headlights reflecting in the water. Bus company say only one bus was there and suggest that blame lies with occupants of Military billets who are careless with lighting when opening doors. Police note that such rumours are common after a raid. The final death toll was six women and one man.