Shown here are some photographs which are designed so that you can look at a location as it is now and hopefully see who it was left following the blitz by German bombers.
Please be aware that this is an ongoing project and more pictures will be added. (Belfast Telegraph photograph)
Map showing areas of Belfast which were subjected to the Blitz on dates shown. (PRONI Picture)
This Bomb Shrapnel from the Belfast Blitz is on display in Bagnals Castle Museum in Newry.
This is a piece of Bomb Shrapnel from the Belfast Blitz (Thanks to Steven McCrea)
People were shocked at the extent of the damage whilst the Home Secretary sent a Telegram of Sympathy and Support from London. (Above picture from Belfast Telegraph)
The "Carry On Belfast" comment was printed in the Belfast Telegraph Newspaper which itself had suffered during the Bombing.
The building is shown here with considerable damage.
Another photograph of the extensive damage at the front of the Belfast Telegraph Building (Belfast Telegraph photograph)
Belfast Telegraph announces the Normandy Invasion
(Thanks very much to Gordon McCrea for the photographs of the Belfast Telegraph)
William Patton and his Memories of Belfast in WW2.
(Thanks very much to Paul Patton)
German Aerial Camera and Aircraft Bomb Sight as used in the Raids
The Camera is shown on the Left with the Bomb Sight on the Right.
Fighting an Incendiary Bomb Fire
This Exercise in fighting an Incendiary Bomb Fire took place on 1st December 1942 and was photographed by Bonar Holmes. (Thanks very much to Bonar Holmes)
A.R.P. Warning Form.
(Pictures above from Ebay)
Barrage Balloons over Belfast
These photographs of Barrage Balloons over Belfast were taken on 1st April 1941. (Thanks to Bonar Holmes)
The photograph above shows the junction of Newtownards Road and Newcastle Street on the left. This area has changed completely and there is now a small culdesac called St Leonards Crescent.
This is the Newtownards Road following the Air Raid on the night of 4th / 5th May 1941. Note the Air Raid Shelters. (Belfast Telegraph Photograph)
Below is the Tamar Street / Dee Street area after being cleared up.
Destruction at Newtownards Road Methodist Church.
Air Raid Siren
The Second World War Air Raid Siren shown here used to sit on top of a Fire Station however it has been restored and is now on display at the Ulster Aviation Society building at Long Kesh.
The A.R.P. Belfast Hand Crake and Belfast Civil Defence I.D. Card shown above can be seen in the Northern Ireland War Memorial Building. (Thanks to Alan Freeburn)
Protection for A.R.P. Wardens and A.F.S. Firefighters. (Thanks very much to Matt Magee)
Newtownards Road near Townsley Street
The original picture was taken on 13th July 1941. (From Belfast Telegraph)
Auxiliary Fire Service Fatalities During Belfast Blitz
I have deliberately started this section with a picture of the Headstone of a member of the Belfast Fire Brigade who was killed during the Belfast Blitz and is buried at Dundonald.
On the night of 7th/8th April 1941 German Bombers arrived over Belfast and after illuminating the city with Flares they dropped a mixture of both High Explosive and Incendiary Bombs which mainly landed within the Docks area.
One of the largest fires on the night was at the McCue Dick Timber Yard in Duncrue Street and it was while fighting this fire that Archibald (Archie) McDonald and another Auxilliary Fire Service member - Brice Harkness, who was from Cookstown, died.- (He was buried at Forthill Cemetery, Cookstown and his Headstone is shown here thanks to Chris Hunter)
Both men were killed when a Parachute Mine exploded.
The wording on Archie McDonalds headstone says "Killed by enemy action attending a fire in Belfast Dock Area with Belfast Fire Brigade 8th April 1941"
Shown above is a Coventry Climax Water Pump being used in North Belfast and the other two photographs show a restored Coventry Climax Water Pump.
Strand Public Elementary School, Strandburn Street.
Mersey Street Primary School
Extensive Damage to Mersey Street Primary School (Photograph from Sam Robinson)
(Old picture from Belfast Telegraph)
(The old photograph here is from Old Belfast Photographs)
Approximately 30 people were killed in an Air raid Shelter in Ravenscroft Avenue which received a direct hit by a bomb. (Old picture from Ulster Museum as shown in "The Blitz" Belfast in the War Years)
This photograph was taken from from Chobham Street across Ravenscroft Avenue and along Westcott Street towards Bloomfield Avenue.
There have been some changes however the chimneys show the position.
Crystal Street junction with Ravenscroft Avenue
It took me a little while to find the correct location for this one but here we have Crystal Street at the junction with Ravenscroft Avenue. (Belfast Telegraph Picture) Below is another view of Ravenscroft Avenue and you can see the Air Raid Shelters clearly. (From PRONI)
This photograph shows Thorndyke Street and the men would be standing in the area where an Air Raid Shelter had stood and was completely destroyed.
Shown below is the same area when the rubble has been cleared away.
(Belfast Telegraph photo)
Avondale Street / Bloomfield Avenue Junction
This is the scene in Avondale Street on 13th July 1941 and as it looks today.
View of Abetta Parade and Hyndford Street at Beersbridge Road from the old Mill.
My two photographs here show the Bomb Damage scene at the old Mill from the opposite side of the road.
The first picture shows the entrance gate with the Mill to the right whilst the second picture shows the building which sustained considerable roof damage.
Wytham Street, Belfast
Extensive damage in Wytham Street, East Belfast (Thanks to Sam Robinson)
Anti-Aircraft Home Guard
(Thanks very much to John Gallagher for this Card which belonged to Lieutenant W.J. Hanlon)
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers clearing rubble at Newtownards Road. (Imperial War Museum Photograph)
The large red bricked building on the right was part of the large Co-Operative store for many years and is now part of a University complex.
(Old picture from Imperial War Museum)
York Street / Donegal Street
(Thanks very much to Adam Surrey with assistance from Peter Graham for this ghost picture)
These photographs of the same building are from the Belfast Telegraph.
The photograph above shows the same area after the Blitz Damage had been removed.
In this picture you can see where the house which was destroyed by bombing has been replaced.
The photographs below were taken at York Road following the raid on the night of 4th / 5th May 1941. (Belfast Telegraph Pictures)
Destruction at Veryan Gardens. All of the housing on the bottom left side of the road was destroyed and has been replaced. (Picture from Belfast Telegraph)
This is Chichester Street in the City Centre looking towards Donegal Square. In the original picture an Auxiliary Water Main has been laid out in the centre of the roadway to assist in fire fighting. (Old picture from "Bombs on Belfast)
In todays photograph all that remains are the towers of the background building.
Time for a well earned cup of tea.
Castleton Presbyterian Church on York Road
These pictures show how slight changes have been made to the church during restoration after suffering Bomb Damage during a raid. (Old picture from "Bombs on Belfast")
Glasgow Street / Ritchie Street Junction off York Road
(Picture from Northern Ireland Historical Photographical Society)
York Street Railway Station
Thankfully the old red bricked Mill complete with tall chimney and the church in the background remain to ensure a good comparison here.
In the lower 2 pictures the building on the left side of the first picture is now on the right side of the second picture. All further evidence of the old railway station has gone from the right of this photograph. (Old pictures from Belfast Telegraph)
York Street / Great Patrick Street
This is the junction of York Street and Great Patrick Street after the Air Raid of the night of 4th / 5th May 1941. (Belfast Telegraph photograph)
Gallagher Factory Letter of Appreciation to Employee
Firewatcher William Howie.
This letter of appreciation was given by the Management of Gallaghers to William Howie for his "Magnificent Work" at Gallaghers Factory, York Street, on the night of the Easter Tuesday Raid. (Thanks very much to Sharon Blair)
(Upper photograph from Belfast Telegraph)
Waring Street / Donegal Street Junction
Easily recognisable location which has the Northern Whig Building on the right. - I would direct your attention to the large new building which has been constructed in the waste ground. (Belfast Telegraph picture on left from "Bombs on Belfast)
This is where the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum is located and I would recommend a visit!
Rosemary Street / Bridge Street from Waring Street
Virtually unrecognisable from the first picture. All that is clearly identifiable is the railing around the Northern Whig building on the left side.
The large old building on the right is the one which is shown in flames in the Rosemary Street / Lower North Street picture below.
Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church. (Belfast telegraph Photographs)
The stone shown above can be seen in Rosemary Street Church. (Thanks very much to Jeffrey Dudgeon)
Lower North Street
(Belfast Telegraph Picture)
Bridge Street from Lower North Street
Due to the considerable destruction in this area only the Northern Whig building on the left of the pictures remains following the raid.
The following pictures show the view from the opposite end of the street. (Pictures above from Belfast Telegraph and Google Comparrison)
This is the Belfast Bank at the junction of North Street and Waring Street. It can be seen in the background of the 3 photographs below. This photograph was taken on 22nd September 1942. You can see the "S" Sign directing towards an Air Raid Shelter. (Belfast Telegraph photograph)
Victoria Street / Waring Street
The scene following the Air Raid on the night of 4th / 5th May 1941. (Belfast Telegraph Photograph)
Victoria Street in 1942. (PRONI)
This photograph shows High Street as it looked on 24th February 1939 before the bombers flew over. (Belfast Telegraph Photograph)
The photographs below show the same Street before and after the Bombers as well as how it looks now.
Shown above is Hugh Street looking towards the City Centre (Belfast Telegraph Picture)
The photograph above shows the devastation in High Street as seen from the roof of the Woolworths Building. The same scene is also below. (Belfast Telegraph Photograph)
(Thanks very much to Adam Surrey for this fantastic Ghost Picture)
Looking across Bridge street towards High Street
The pictures above are looking towards High Street from Victoria Street.
It is easy to see the building I have used in my comparrison photograph.
Below is the view from the other end of High Street, (Belfast Telegraph Photographs)
St Annes Cathedral, Donegal Street
Total destruction all around however St Annes Cathedral survived! (Belfast telegraph photograph)
A.R.P. Wardens Helmen with his name and address - P. Hegan 7 or 9 Harberton Drive, (Belfast) written on the inside.
Water Tank at Albert Clock
In front of the Albert Clock can be seen one of the large Water Tanks which could be seen distributed around the City of Belfast to assist in fire fighting following any Bombing Raids.
The same Water Tank from a different angle. (Above pictures from Ulster Folk Museum and Belfast Telegraph as shown in "The Blitz" and "Bombs on Belfast")
Atlantic Avenue junction with Ponsonby Avenue
The houses in Ponsonby Avenue remain however there the destruction took place is now a row of low level shops. (Picture from Belfast Telegraph)
Cavehill Castle Bar, Antrim Road
Thankfully the old chimney of "The Phoenix Bar" ramains to assist in locating this position. On looking at the picture I believe one of the Cavehill Castle Bar chimneys remains. (Picture on left from Ulster Museum)
Sorry for the glare in the picture. - The Bomb Crater is on Cliftonville Road with the junction in the background being with Cliftonville Drive. (First picture from B.T. in "Bombs on Belfast")
Antrim Road / Hillman Street
This is the junction of Antrim Road and Hillman Street. The complete destruction gives no comparison to how the same location looks today. (Belfast Telegraph picture)
(Origin of photograph unknown)
Antrim Road looking towards Eia Street
(Original photograph on left is from Imperial War Museum.)
Clearing Bomb Damage on Antrim Road
In the photograph above you can clearly see the Parachute of an Aerial Mine which has detonated here. (Imperial War Museum photographs)
Lower North Street
Damage in Clifton Street following the Blitz
Shandarragh Park off Cavehill Road showing serious damage and as it looks today. (Picture on left from Belfast Telegraph)
(Belfast Telegraph Picture)
Considerable damage in Halidays Road following the Raid on the night of 15th / 16th April 1941.(Belfast Telegraph Photograph)
Salisbury Avenue Tram Depot
This is how the Tram Depot looked after the Raid on the night of 15th / 16th April 1941. (Belfast Telegraph Picture)
Serious damage to houses in Sunningdale Park however they have been repaired. (Picture from Belfast Telegraph)
Roy Henderson was born on 11th December 1918 and at the beginning of the Second World War he was an Apprentice to George Corry in Corry and Henderson Chartered Accountants at 17 Castle Place, Belfast.
Mr Corry lived in 5 Sunningdale Park off the Cavehill Road and had joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve immediately prior to the War and was therefore immediately called up.
Mr Roy Henderson joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve following the Belfast Blitz on the night of Easter Tuesday, 15/16 April 1941.
During the Air Raid by the Luftwaffe Roy and his Father Robert stayed under the stairs which was believed to be the safest part of the house and this turned out to be correct because a direct hit of their neighbours house killed the three occupants however, although their house was seriously damaged, they survived.
Roy went to the Recruiting Office in Clifton Street in central Belfast and joined the Royal Air Force Reserve.
Following about a year in training in the United Kingdom he was qualified as a Fitter Armourer and was sent to Glasgow to join the American Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Wasp and sail from Glasgow to Malta to deliver Spitfire aircraft.
Having done so the ship returned to Scapa Flow where Roy disembarked and was given a Railway Pass to the Isle of Man.
After about three days travelling he arrived on the Island and promptly was put on an aircraft and flown to Glasgow where he found himself walking up the gangplank of U.S.S. Wasp again!
This trip was the same as the previous one with the Airmen delivering more Spitfires to Malta.
During the return journey on this occasion the Ship had passed through the Straights of Gibraltar when Roy received orders to go to Gibraltar.
Some Fairey Swordfish aircraft landed on the U.S.S. Wasp to collect him and about half a dozen of his colleagues. Each aircraft took one man and the plan was that he would be in Gibraltar for five weeks temporary duty however this became over two years before someone decided that he was needed in North Africa.
Roy served on U.S.S. Wasp and also H.M.S. Eagle of the Royal Navy. About a week after his departure from H.M.S. Eagle it was sunk in the Mediterranean about 20 miles from Gibraltar.
Many hundreds of Spanish men were employed in the Gibraltar Dockyards with many of their Wives and Children having been evacuated to Northern Ireland .
Being a Fitter / Armourer it was Roy’s job to ensure that all weapons operated correctly and his skills were now needed in North Africa so he had a Half-Hour Flight across the sea and was there until April 1945 when he was able to avail of some Leave.
Having arrived in Naples , Italy he was expecting to be in Rome for a couple of weeks however on learning of a seat being available in an aircraft which was returning to the United Kingdom. Roy was able to avail of that seat and was in Belfast on V.E. Day!
He was officially Discharged from the R.A.F. in March 1947 and returned to work as a trainee Chartered Accountant.
These photographs show USS Wasp with Spitfires aboard. (Thanks to Roy Henderson)
Wilton's Funeral Parlour, Crumlin Road
This is Wilton's Fineral Parlour on Crumlin Road which was destroyed during the Blitz. Sadly a number of Black Horses which were kept by the Company died in the Bombing.
My photograph shows the archway which is all that remains.
(The first two photographs are from the excellent ISSUU Glenravel Historical Society)
Shown above are the coffins of American Airmen lying in Wiltons Funeral Home before burial at Lisnabreeny.
You can see the photograph above in the Northern Ireland War Memorial Building in Belfast. (PLEASE DO NOT COPY MY PHOTOGRAPHS)
The Mater Hospital, Crumlin Road on 15th September 1942. (Belfast Telegraph Photograph)
Manor Street / Southport Street
Salvaging Furniture (Belfast Telegraph picture)
The picture on the left is from the Belfast Telegraph.
Ballyclare Street off Oldpark Road
Destruction of houses in Ballyclare Street. (Thanks to Walter Macauley)
A Soldier surveys the damage in Eglinton Public Elementary School which had been used as a Billet by soldiers from 173 Pioneer Company while below shows the devastation in Eglinton Street in May 1941.
No comparison picture can be taken as Eglinton Street was demolished as can be seen below (I.W.M.)
Photograph showing destruction in Percy Street Area (Thanks to George Laverty)
Falls Road Swimming Baths
The Baths on Falls Road were used as a temporary Morgue. (Photograph from Belfasthistory.org)
Photographs of Soldiers trying to make the most of things and enjoying a Cup of Tea.
(These Photographs above and below are from the Belfast Telegraph and Imperial War Museum)
The Sinking of the S.S. Fair Head
The S.S. Fair Head had been in Belfast Harbour on the night of 4th - 5th May 1941 when the Luftwaffe Blitzed Belfast.
The S.S. Fair Head was a military Transport ship which was loaded with supplies.
It was in Dufferin Dock and was seriously damaged by a Parachute Mine which exploded breaking the ships back and causing her to sink.
One man, Robert kane, who was the ships Second Engineer was killed and the wreckage blocked the Dock for several months before it was finally removed.
The process of removal can be seen in these photographs. (IWM Pictures)
Children Being Evacuated
Great Northern Railway Company Instructions regarding the Evacuation of Children is shown in the 1940 Document below (PLEASE DO NOT COPY)
(Many Thanks to Selwyn Johnston for this rare document) ***PLEASE DO NOT COPY***
Ours or Theirs? - You Need an Aircraft Recognition Chart!
There are lots of variations however you NEED to know if it is time to wave or shoot! ***PLEASE DO NOT COPY***
Produced in the early years of the war. (Thanks very much to Selwyn Johnston) *****PLEASE DO NOT COPY*****
Anti-Aircraft Gun on Ormeau Embankment (Belfast Telegraph photograph)
Shown on the left is a Belfast Civil Defence Authority Return dated 17th April 1941 with a Civil Defence Notice relating to unidentified victims of the Blitz (PRONI Documents)
Letters of Support from the Neutral Republic of Ireland.
The figures shown above can be seen in the Overloon War Museum in The Netherlands.