The Second World War in Northern Ireland

The Second World War in Northern Ireland

The Londonderry Bombing

On 16th April 1941 the City of Londonderry was bombed by the Luftwaffe.

After some flares were dropped 2 large parachute mines exploded at Messines Park in the Buncrana Road area of the City demolishing the houses at 55, 57, 59 and 61 Messines Park.

This small development is named after the First World war Battlefield at the Somme and was home to a number of Ex –Servicemen.

The picture above shows the Memorial Plaque with Messines Park housing behind.

These pictures shows the devastation of the attack. More details at Derry Journal -

http://www.derryjournal.com/news/revealed-epic-tale-of-derry-man-s-heroism-during-the-pennyburn-bombing-1-6699954

Thirteen people between the ages of 10 months and 60 years were killed and are listed here:-

Ellen Collins, 21 years, 55 Messines Park

James Collins, 60 years, 55 Messines Park

Ita Murray, 13 years, 59 Messines Park

Kathleen Murray

Mollie Murray 39 years, 59 Messines Park

Philomena Murray, 10 years, 59 Messines Park

Sheila Murray, 10 Months, 59 Messines Park

William Murray, 50 years, 59 Messines Park


William Alexander McFarland, 44 years, Home Guard resided at 57 Messines Park and was killed at his home address.

Bridie Richmond, 14 Months, 61 Messines Park

John Richmond, 53 years, 61 Messines Park

Owen Richmond, 18 years, 61 Messines Park

Winifred Richmond, 45 years, 61 Messines Park.