We're always interested to hear from families involved in or affected by the bombing at Wilkinsons. Please get in touch and tell us your story. There appears to be few contemporary photos of the surrounding streets and none at all of the Wilkinson's building itself. Perhaps you know different?
air raid 1941 :: the Wilkinson's factory disaster
appeal :: family stories and local photographs
I remember :: survivors and locals
Eye-witness and survivor stories bring the events of that night into sharp focus. Can you add to the story of that night? Were you there or was a member of your family?
schools :: downloads and class sessions
We have developed new resources for teachers to download and use in the classroom. Plus...Gateshead City Learning Centre offer WW2 / Home Front sessions based on Wilkinson's for local schools.
resources :: a town at war
PHOTOS AND FILM FOOTAGE
Site clearance photos and official film footage
LUFTWAFFE STADTPLAN OF NORTH SHIELDS
Showing military targets
TYNEMOUTH BOROUGH BOMB MAP 1940-43 (DETAIL)
Where the bombs fell on May 3/4 1941
A PILOT'S VIEW
Aerial photograph of North Shields c1942
LUFTWAFFE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH
Marked with targets c1939
THE SHIELDS EVENING NEWS
What the paper said, May 5th 1941
THE TOWN CLERK'S REPORT
Report to the Emergency Committee, May 14th 1941
RAIDS ELSEWHERE, MAY 3/4 1941
Home Security Operations bulletin no 44
OFFICIAL AIR RAID FIGURES
The Shields Evening News, Friday October 13, 1944.
AFTER THE RAID
Official guidance leaflet
AN AIR RAID WARDEN'S REPORT
A Control Guide for air raid wardens
MR BARRON'S DAMAGED DENTURES
A Personnel Damage form submission
For recovered Luftwaffe airman
DEATH OF A MERCHANT SEAMAN
Ships on the east coast had a terrible time
Preparing Civil Defence and Home Guard for invasion
CHURCH BELLS: INVASION WARNING
Instructions issued during the Battle of Britain
FOUR PIGS PUZZLE
Amusing example of popular propaganda
SALUTE THE SOLDIERS
National savings campaign
OTHER LOCAL WARTIME MEMORIES
More wartime memories from site visitors
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robert westall and the machine gunners :: north shields author
Robert Westall award-winning author of The Machine Gunners, was a North Shields schoolboy at the time of the shelter disaster. His father was an ARP warden. The Machine Gunners gives a vivid picture of what it was like to be a child during the Blitz.
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