PortCities London

Docklands and the Blitz

The bombing escalates

Heavyweight bombardment

Clearing bomb damage South Molton Road
View full size imageClearing bomb damage on South Molton Road in Canning Town. © NMM

The frequency of air raids rapidly increased. London was bombed every day from 7 September until 2 November 1940.

The German Air Force dropped more than 5000 tons of high explosives on the capital in 24 nights in September alone.

Demolished Silvertown rubber factory.
View full size imageThe ruins of Silvertown Rubber Factory, September 1940. © NMM

The port districts were devastated. People living there listened to the bombs falling, never knowing what their street would look like when they came out of the shelters.

They could never be sure that their route to work had