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 -
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
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.
My two photographs above show an exact replica of a German Parachute Mine as dropped at Messines Park.