During the night
of 6th November 1940, a large number of bombs were dropped from
German aircraft, one landing in Nayland Rd and the others across
the fields to the Colchester Rd and leaving four large craters.
The Nayland Rd explosion caused a hole the full width of the road
and some 9 - 12 ft deep.
The bomb made a direct hit on one of the council houses, the resulting
carnage killed four members of the Willingham family and injuring
above clearly show the crater in the middle of Nayland Road together
with the demolished house in the background.
Today these houses have been rebuilt as No`s 29/30 Nayland Rd.
Mr Creek, Wardens
First Aid Report
HERE for copy of Insurance Claim by the householders (This is
a large file, so be patient)
From a report received from Stephen Barr ( see below) it seems more
than likely the main target was the factory. At the time lights were
seen emanating from the windows with no blackout precautions taken.
in St Mary`s Church
taken from the
"Suffolk Gazette and Eastern Counties Advertiser"
in Bures cemetery
Both Mr & Mrs
Willingham were killed together with 90 year old, Mrs Willinghams
mother and Florie Eldred. The Willingham children fortunately
were in school just up the road at the time of the bombing.
Florie Eldred was found in the field
opposite, blown there by the blast
The property in the red brick was
constructed during the mid 1940`s as a replacement for the Willinghams.
The properties to the left and
right are the original council house design built during the 1930`s.
A total of seven bombs
during this raid,
Many residents over the years have only mentioned
either a single bomb or a cluster of bombs which fell in the vicinity
of Nayland Rd, destroying the Willinghans family home.
Now it has been confirmed
the damaged extended to the Colchester Road
Courtesy of Suffolk Free Press &
Mrs Mavis Sadler, Colchester.
also Fred Staples and Nigel Drake
Stephen Barr, Wiltshire