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The Devasting effects of carpet bombing

As the bomber formation sped away, below at the factory, chaos reigned. From the first sounds of approaching aircraft the factory had played the music 'Marching through Georgia', the signal for staff to make their way to cover. This had become a little perfunctory as air raids had eased and people had become complacent, and less alert. Now some even went to the gates to go home before remembering that it was now company policy to close the gates during an air raid. Even in a crisis, security was paramount as their were experimental aircraft parked on the airfield perimeter. With Teutonic efficiency the bombs rained down. It was over in one devastating moment. The death toll was horrendous. In the factory 72 were killed and 166 injured. Nineteen died later from their injuries. Immediately outside the factory another 58 people were killed with 154 seriously injured. A further 118 people were reported as slightly injured. There is a report that an army NCO marching a squad toward the factory by Rodney works would not allow them to break ranks and take cover. They too were killed.

The bombs had fallen at an estimated four per second and the whole raid had lasted just 45 seconds. It was now 11:49 am.

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This is page 6 of Air Raid at Filton 25th September 1940.
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Some of the shelters remain as testimony to the lives lost.

Some of the shelters remain as testimony to the lives lost.
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An air raid shelter pass, these designated people to a specific shelter and would help in identifying bodies following a raid.

An air raid shelter pass, these designated people to a specific shelter and would help in identifying bodies following a raid.
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