©Lufwaffe Bombing Raid over Bures, November 6th 1940
 
nayland rd

During the night of 6th November 1940, a large number of bombs were dropped from German aircraft, one landing in Nayland Rd and the others across the fields to the Colchester Rd and leaving four large craters.

The Nayland Rd explosion caused a hole the full width of the road and some 9 - 12 ft deep.

The bomb made a direct hit on one of the council houses, the resulting carnage killed four members of the Willingham family and injuring many others.

The photograph above clearly show the crater in the middle of Nayland Road together with the demolished house in the background.
Today these houses have been rebuilt as No`s 29/30 Nayland Rd.

Mr Creek, Wardens Report
bandages
Mr Creek, Wardens Report
First Aid Report

CLICK HERE for copy of Insurance Claim by the householders (This is a large file, so be patient)

From a report received from Stephen Barr ( see below) it seems more than likely the main target was the factory. At the time lights were seen emanating from the windows with no blackout precautions taken.

plaque

 

 

obituary

 

 

Plaque in St Mary`s Church Obituary taken from the
"Suffolk Gazette and Eastern Counties Advertiser"
Memorial in Bures cemetery
January 2016

Both Mr & Mrs Willingham were killed together with 90 year old, Mrs Willinghams mother and Florie Eldred. The Willingham children fortunately were in school just up the road at the time of the bombing.
Florie Eldred was found in the field opposite, blown there by the blast

The property in the red brick was constructed during the mid 1940`s as a replacement for the Willinghams.

The properties to the left and right are the original council house design built during the 1930`s.

A total of seven bombs fell during during this raid,
Many residents over the years have only mentioned either a single bomb or a cluster of bombs which fell in the vicinity of Nayland Rd, destroying the Willinghans family home.

Now it has been confirmed the damaged extended to the Colchester Road


Courtesy of Suffolk Free Press & Mrs Mavis Sadler, Colchester.
also Fred Staples and Nigel Drake
Stephen Barr, Wiltshire
updated 24/11/2014