Portsmouth people thought the bombing was over – then came the rockets

Then. Locksway Road at the junction of Meryl Road after the  first  of the two V1 rockets  had fallen on the city.
Then. Locksway Road at the junction of Meryl Road after the first of the two V1 rockets had fallen on the city.

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These then and now pictures of Locksway Road, Milton, show some of the devastation wreaked upon Portsmouth by a V1 flying bomb in the final months of the Second World War.

Most people thought the bombing was over until the menace of the V1 and V2 brought more death and destruction to the south of England and especially London.

Today/All repaired and like new. The post box still stands guard on the corner of Meryl Road and a white van stand in place of the black van in the previous picture.Telephone wires have replaced the clear sky of 1944.

Today/All repaired and like new. The post box still stands guard on the corner of Meryl Road and a white van stand in place of the black van in the previous picture.Telephone wires have replaced the clear sky of 1944.

In these pictures we are at the junction with Meryl Road and the only thing which seems untouched is the post box standing defiantly on the corner.

The corner shop was owned by grocer Evan Davies and the constable standing outside might well have been there to stop looters.

The houses on either side of the junction have all been rebuilt to modern standards although the roof of the house to the right was being relaid on the day I took the ‘now’ photograph.

There were no fatalities recorded in this incident.

In all, 6,625 Portsmouth houses were destroyed and 75,435 damaged in the five years of war.