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The night the Blitz hit Balham – 80 years on…

The night the Blitz hit Balham – 80 years on…

It’s the evening of 14th October 1940, and one of the worst wartime disasters of the London Underground is about to take place.

German bombers were overhead and people had taken to the shelters, including the platforms at Balham underground station. The trains would have still been running at the time, and commuters would have been stepping over people using the station for protection.

Although just 13 metres below ground, the platforms were considered deep enough to be classed as an official shelter point.

At exactly 2 minutes past 8pm, a bomb hit the road above, causing a massive crater in the ground, and fracturing a water mains below ground. The subsequent flood of water and soil into the tunnel was to kill nearly 70 people.

Riverside Radio is marking the anniversary with a special documentary at 8pm on Wednesday 14th October 2020.

NAMES OF THOSE KILLED AT BALHAM ON 14th OCTOBER 1940

October 14th, 2020

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