Bomb Sight: London Blitz interactive map

An interactive map showing the location of bombs dropped on London during World War II has been created.

It reveals the devastation caused by the Blitz over eight months.

The year-long project, called Bomb Sight, was devised by a team from the University of Portsmouth using data from the National Archives.

The website and android app also allow people to find out the types of bombs that fell.
'Circle of fire'

Dr Kate Jones, the University of Portsmouth geographer who devised the project, said: "When you look at these maps and see the proliferation of bombs dropped on the capital, it does illustrate the meaning of the word Blitz, which comes from the German meaning lightning.

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"It seems astonishing that London survived the onslaught."

Users can zoom in to specific streets on the map, which uses red symbols to illustrate where each bomb landed.

The project was funded by education and research charity Jisc which offers resources and expertise to educational organisation.

More than 20,000 people were killed and and 1.4m people made homeless during the Blitz, which took place between 7 September 1940 and 11 May 1941.

On 29 December 1940, air raids targeted the City of London, leaving the square mile in flames.

Bombs rained down on St Paul's Cathedral, which Prime Minister Winston Churchill said should be protected at all costs.

Volunteer firewatchers patrolled the cathedral's corridors, using sandbags and water pumps to douse the flames.

Fireman Sam Chauveau, who was on duty that night, said: "By the time we finished tackling the fires on the roof of the [Stock] Exchange, the sky, which was ebony black when we first got up there, was now changing to a yellowy orange colour.

"It looked like there was an enormous circle of fire, including St Paul's churchyard."

The cathedral was saved but many more buildings were lost.

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A spokesman from Bomb Sight said the project uses maps of the London bomb census, taken between October 1940 and June 1941.

The bombing locations were combined with geo-located photographs from the Imperial War Museum, and memories from the BBC's WWII People's War Archive.

Jisc programme manage Paola Marchionni said the project was "similar to a map sat-nav".

She said: "The original Blitz maps have been scanned and geo-referenced thanks to the National Archive and testimonials from the BBC have been incorporated together with historical images from the Imperial War Museum to create an interactive teaching and learning resource."


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  • December 7, 2012, 7:57 am
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    One was dropped right by my sisters flat, crazy how many there were huh

    Crazy and they still find the odd one.
    - Math December 8, 2012, 12:19 pm
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