A Rain of HATE

NORWICH BLITZ

Eighty years ago this month, Norwich was twice blasted in a pair of retaliatory raids aimed at England’s beating cultural heart. Neil R Storey marks the Baedeker Raids on Norfolk’s fine capital

RESCUE WORKERS IN NORWICH SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS TRAPPED IN THE POST-RAID RUBBLE
MIRRORPIX/ALAMY
AERIAL VIEW OF THE NORTH HEIGHAM AREA OF NORWICH SHOWING THE CITY STATION AND THE RIVER WENSUM, VERY MUCH AS THE LUFTWAFFE PATHFINDERS WOULD HAVE SEEN IT AFTER THEY DROPPED THEIR FLARES ON APRIL 27, 1942
ALL IMAGES VIA NEIL STOREY UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE

“Norwich had been a target before the first bombs of the Blitz fell on London… [but] by April 1942 it had not experienced a visit by the Luftwaffe for eight months”

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