A Junkers Ju 88 like this one bombed Penarth in broad daylight just before noon on July 18th 1940. The Ju88’s tail gunner was killed by British fighters but the damaged aircraft was able to escape

A specially set up Twitter page is providing a “real time” blow-by-blow information-feed of Britain’s aerial battle against Nazi Germany 77 years ago.

Today –  July 18th –  is the 77th anniversary of one of several German bombing raids on Penarth and Cardiff. Today’s anniversary Twitter entry reports as follows:-

Today’s Battle of Britain Twitter post commemorating the 77th anniversary of one of the WW2 bombing raids on Penarth

The original report says that “At about 1145 hours a Ju88 penetrated to Bristol and Cardiff and Penarth was bombed. The aircraft was intercepted and the rear gunner is believed to have been killed. The aircraft escaped across the south coast.”

A few minutes later this was followed by further bombing:-  “At 1152 hours bombs were dropped on Penarth causing damage to houses, telephones and water mains. “

It was not the first – and certainly not the last time –  German bombs would be dropped on Penarth. More were to follow that same year and in 1941.

Real time tweets from 10 July of aircraft crashes, pilots, places, engagements, news, facts and weather


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