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Facts and information I have compiled regarding the major air raids suffered by Coventry during World War Two, including 'The Coventry Blitz' - code name Operation Moonlight Sonata.
I have compiled an index of victims of the Coventry Blitz. I undertook this big project and published my findings here to help preserve local history, as well as to provide a free research resource for people tracing their own family histories. As time permits I continue adding additional research findings to my website, so check back from time to time.
If you have information to share about the Coventry Blitz such as family stories or photographs then please get in touch. It is important that we preserve memories of the horrors of the blitz and educate our children. If you would like me to research a particular individual's details not yet published here, please contact me
In London Road Cemetery, Coventry a war memorial honours the memory of many victims of the Coventry Blitz. I have transcribed the names onto my website, which you can access from the links below. These pages serve as an index so you can click on names to easily locate facts about Coventry blitz victims.
Coventry Blitz Victims from London Road War Memorial, part one
Coventry Blitz Victims from London Road War Memorial, part two (Surnames H-S)
Coventry Blitz Victims from London Road War Memorial, part three (Surnames S-Z)
A great many Coventry Blitz victims are not recorded on the memorial. I have researched facts about a lots of these people too, and added them to my website. If you follow the link below you will find a list of further Coventry Blitz victims, and again you can click on names to access additional information about them.
A collection of memories from Blitz survivors recounting their true life experiences and loss of homes and loved ones during the bombings. If you would like to preserve and share your family's memories of the Coventry Blitz and other Coventry air raids then please contact me
These Coventry Blitz resources are available free of charge as a service to the general public. I dread to think how many hundreds of hours I have voluntarily worked in order to make this site a reality. If you are able to support this Coventry Blitz project, whether by donating your family stories or photos, or by making a financial donation to help with my ongoing costs of researching and publishing these resources online, then you would be most welcome.
Please contact me if you wish to share your family recollections of the Coventry Blitz, or provide details about family members who lost their lives in the air raids.
If you are able to make a financial donation you can do so by clicking the Donate button. Thanks, as always, go to the generous people who have already supported this site.
A detailed collection of facts and figures about the Coventry Blitz compiled by Maurice Rattigan, and reproduced here by kind permission of the author. Includes some sketches produced by Maurice as a teenager, depicting what he saw of the bomb damage, and a plan of where many bombs landed.
An extract from One Man: One Day by Paul W. Currie, telling the story of his father's memories of the Coventry blitzes of 1940 and 1941.
Information I have collated on those members of the local Home Guard companies who were killed in the Blitz.
In memory of the firemen who gave their lives during the Coventry Blitz. Includes a list of victims.
This is a new section of the website, to publish poetry about the Coventry Blitz. It starts with 'That Night of Death' by John J. Rattigan, written in November 1940 when he came home to Coventry after the Blitz, whilst on leave from the army.
I have transcribed a donated newspaper from November 1940 which provides names and further information related to some of the Blitz victims. As well as being a piece of interesting memorabilia, this may be of interest to anyone researching their family tree whose family members are mentioned in the article.
An essay by a lifelong Coventry resident who is descended from survivors of the Coventry Blitz, showing the author's thoughts on the events and significance of the carpet bombing of Coventry during Operation Moonlight Sonata.
I have researched additional details for a great many Blitz Victims, which are published here. The lists are organised by surname to help you find the ancestor or person you are looking for. I update these records from time to time as I unearth more family history information for Blitz Victims, so you may wish to check back periodically.
Blitz Victims beginning A (Adams - Austin)
Blitz Victims beginning B (Bacon - Butterfield)
Blitz Victims beginning C (Cadman - Cutts)
Blitz Victims beginning D (Daly - Doyle)
Blitz Victims beginning E (Eaton - Evans)
Blitz Victims beginning F (Farndon- Frowen)
Blitz Victims beginning G (Galsworthy- Gilkes)
Blitz Victims beginning H (Hadingham- Hydon)
Blitz Victims beginning I-J (Ince - Jupp)
Blitz Victims beginning K (Keay - Knutton)
Blitz Victims beginning L (Laing - Lucas)
Blitz Victims beginning M (Maile - Munt)
Blitz Victims beginning N (Neale - Norman)
Blitz Victims beginning O (Ogilvie- Overend)
Blitz Victims beginning P-Q (Painter - Quinn)
Blitz Victims beginning R (Radburn - Rutter)
Blitz Victims beginning S (Sandford - Swinn)
Blitz Victims beginning T-V (Tallis- Villiers)
Blitz Victims beginning W (Wallbank- Worthington)
Blitz Victims beginning X-Z (Yardley - Young)
November 2010 marked the 70th anniversary of the night of the Coventry Blitz. The city put in a great deal of effort to honour the memory of the Blitz. I myself spoke twice on local BBC radio in the run up, and once on BBC Radion 5 live in the early hours of the morning of November 14th, standing at the site of the mass grave of Blitz victims and the memorial at London Road Cemetery watching the sun rise on this historic day.
Here is a list of the main events which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz1940s Activity Day
This wonderfully successful series really puts the story back into history! A unique combination of fiction and information, each exciting volume brings the past alive by linking key events to a fast moving narrative. The series is characterised by short chapters, wonderful illustrations and a glossary of unfamiliar terms."What if the Bomb Goes off?" tells the story of the Coventry Blitz.
While out hunting for German spies, Bill and his brother find an unexploded bomb. When their friends refuse to believe them, Bill takes his brother on a dangerous quest to prove that the bomb is real...but what if the bomb goes off?