Barking and Dagenham suffered terribly from bombing incidents throughout the six years that Britain was at war with Germany. This bomb map was produced by A. E. Strickland, the Borough Engineer and Surveyor. The map records where different types of missiles fell and also the sites of aircraft crashes during the Second World War.
The first High Explosive Bomb fell in Dagenham on 26 July 1940 on Raydons Road. There were only three slight casualties but fifty four houses were damaged, and six of these were badly damaged. The next bombs fell in Chadwell Heath on 24 August 1940. The following day ten bombs fell mainly in Rush Green. After this scarcely a night went by without an incident or more.
During the Second World War, there was a total of 426 fatal causalities, and 1178 seriously injured people, while 1297 properties had to be demolished and a further 12743 properties were badly damaged across Barking and Dagenham.
This item is available to view by appointment at the Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Centre (Archive reference: Dagenham Bomb Map).