When indiscriminate terror weapons hit Portsmouth

Five men sentenced to prison for an attempted burglary in Paulerspury. Top row, Marius Oprea, Visan Vasile, Deofil Minea. Bottom row, Gheorghe Cozma and Sorin Turcan
Five men sentenced to prison for an attempted burglary in Paulerspury. Top row, Marius Oprea, Visan Vasile, Deofil Minea. Bottom row, Gheorghe Cozma and Sorin Turcan
Two clerks on duty in James Taylors offices in Old Portsmouth. 			 (Robert James collection)

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Although D-Day and the subsequent invasion of Normandy had been a success, the bombing of Portsmouth still went on.

But it was not in the conventional sense with the use of aircraft.

jpns-09-06-14 rw locksway road milton''Locksway Road, Milton Portsmouth, after a V-1 flying bomb attack soon after D-Day

jpns-09-06-14 rw locksway road milton''Locksway Road, Milton Portsmouth, after a V-1 flying bomb attack soon after D-Day

Six days after D-Day, the Germans launched the first of many V-1 flying bomb attacks against Britain.

These were indiscriminate terror weapons designed to create panic among the populace.

Two of these weapons fell on Portsmouth: the first in Locksway Road, Milton, (right) and the second in Newcomen Road, Stamshaw, (below), killing 15 people and injuring 82 others.