'Rosedene' Durban Road
My family, the Adams, lived in Rosedene on Durban Road and were bombed, ‘blown to smithereens’ I was told, all they managed to salvage was one cup and saucer (which I broke as a child) and some photos. I have the mortgage contract for the property still. No idea if any of my family were injured, assume not seriously otherwise I would have been told.
Editor: This is a copy of the text from the air raid damage log recorded during the hostilities.
21st November 1944. (Note ‘Wasp’ was the name used to describe the V2 rocket) According to official records a total of five V2s’ landed and exploded in Laindon.
‘Susp.Wasp exploded in Durban Road. Casualties: kill – Nil. Seriously injured – 3 (lm, 2f) Slightly injured -1 (f). Damage – demolished – 2 houses, seriously damaged 4 houses, slightly damaged – 90 houses. Electric cables and gas mains also damaged.’