When the wraith of the Reich rained down on South Shields

This air raid caused extensive damage in Barrington Street.

This air raid caused extensive damage in Barrington Street.

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Last weekend a poignant service was held in South Shields to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives 75 years ago during an air raid on the town.

The attack by the German Luftwaffe on the night of October 2, 1941, claimed the lives of 68 people and caused serious injuries to 117 others.

A policeman in the bomb-ravaged Market Place.

A policeman in the bomb-ravaged Market Place.

To mark the anniversary, a service of remembrance took place at St Hilda’s Church last Sunday.

Today we feature a selection of photos showing the extent of the damage and destruction caused by that and other air raids.

Next week we feature a series of articles written by local historian Dorothy Ramser which tells the tale of a local lad who witnessed the destruction – and decided to strike back at the enemy in dramatic style.

Clearing up after the German bombers hit Saville Street.

Clearing up after the German bombers hit Saville Street.

Buses were caught up in this raid, which destroyed many buildings, including the Grapes Hotel.

Buses were caught up in this raid, which destroyed many buildings, including the Grapes Hotel.