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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Probably aimed at the railway sidings, this bomb hit Sydney Road near its junction with Wightman Road. On the north side houses 9 to 35 were totally destroyed. On the south side house 8 and houses 12 to 26 were destroyed. I believe that this photo is of the north side looking north west.

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Comment by josephine on August 8, 2019 at 22:39

Impressive, thanks for sharing this photo!

Comment by Geraldine on August 9, 2019 at 7:09

We used to play on this bomb site.

Comment by Kari Koonin on August 9, 2019 at 10:22


Comment by Richard Woods on August 9, 2019 at 12:48

Like the V1s the V2s were not so much aimed as directed towards London. After their climb into near space they would begin to lose speed and arch over in a wide parabola - one end the launch site; the other London. Exactly where they fell was pretty uncertain and of course thy were totally silent giving no warning at all of their terrifying arrival. 

Their designer Werner Von Braun always claimed to have been only interested in the possibility of exploring space. The Yanks nicked him from Germany and gave him the top job in their early space rocketry. His work led directly to Saturn V and the landing on the moon. 

Comment by Straw Cat on August 12, 2019 at 13:16

Horrifying seeing what these could do. They arrived literally from space and at supersonic speed - there could be no warning or defence. They were only stopped when the Allies overran the launching sites. Otherwise there'd not have been much left of London ...

Comment by StephenBln on August 28, 2019 at 21:59

The V2s were more scary, because they were silent and faster than the speed of sound, so that they were first heard coming after they had already exploded. But the V1s carried more explosive and caused heavier damage, whereas a V2 would blow off rooves over quite a large area. My maternal great-grand parents were victims of the V2 that fell on Osman Road Tottenham on 21st January 1945 at 19:20. They lived in the house at the the top of the first b in Henry Babb. Many thanks to Paul Wood who showed me this, the only photo I've ever seen of the damage. The same site in 1961. My photo.

Comment by StephenBln on August 28, 2019 at 22:02

Peenemünde is not that far from me and I keep meaning to visit it during the summer months, but haven't got around to it yet.

Comment by Elaine on May 22, 2020 at 15:46

I knew that my maternal grandmother, Lilian Agnes Sherring, was killed towards the end of the war and have just discovered that she was injured at 24 Osman Road on 20th January and died the following day in Prince of Wales General Hospital aged 45.

Comment by John Shulver on June 20, 2020 at 17:00

How very sad that is Elaine.    But incredible to have such evidence.

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