Newtownards, Co. Down during the Second World War

The Second World War in Newtownards, Co. Down saw Luftwaffe bombs fall on the airfield. It was also the birthplace of a legendary founding S.A.S. member.

Newtownards

Co. Down

Northern Ireland

Belfast Blitz: Bombs on Newtownards, Co. Down

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15th April 2017

On 15th-16th April 1941, the Luftwaffe dropped bombs on Newtownards Airfield, Co. Down killing 13 young soldiers of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Places of Interest

The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.

Map showing Blair Mayne Road, Newtownards, Co. Down

Blair Mayne Road, Newtownards, Co. Down

Newtownards, Co. Down

Part of the A20 at Newtownards, Co. Down is made of Blair Mayne Road North and Blair Mayne Road South, named after the S.A.S. founding member.

Map showing Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards, Co. Down

Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards, Co. Down

Old Movilla Road, Newtownards, Co. Down

Movilla Cemetery stands on the Old Movilla Road in Newtownards, Co. Down. Among the most famous WW2 veterans buried there is SAS man Robert Blair Mayne.

Map showing Regent House Grammar School, Newtownards, Co. Down

Regent House Grammar School, Newtownards, Co. Down

Circular Road, Newtownards, Co. Down

Regent House Grammar School is a controlled grammar school in Newtownards, Co. Down. During the 1940s, some of its pupils were Kindertransport children.