16th April

On the morning of 16th April 1941, Northern Ireland awoke to scenes of destruction and loss of life in Belfast, Bangor, Newtownards and Derry/Londonderry.

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Belfast Blitz: Bombs on Belfast City Centre

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6th February 2019

In April and May 1941, Luftwaffe bombs on Belfast City Centre tore the heart out of the industrial city in what would become known as the Belfast Blitz.

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Belfast Blitz: Bombs on East Belfast

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6th February 2019

Luftwaffe bombs on East Belfast fell on the industrial heart of the city and surrounding residential areas during the Belfast Blitz of April and May 1941.

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Belfast Blitz: Bombs on North Belfast

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6th February 2019

In the Belfast Blitz raids of 1941, Luftwaffe bombs on North Belfast caused widespread devastation and loss of life among both Protestants and Catholics.

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Belfast Blitz: Bombs on Bangor, Co. Down

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16th April 2018

During the Belfast Blitz of April 1941, Luftwaffe bombs fell on Bangor, Co. Down killing unsuspecting local residents of the seaside town in their homes.

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15th April 2018

Bombs on Derry/Londonderry, Newtownards, Co. Down, and Bangor, Co. Down fell on 15th April 1941 as Luftwaffe bomber squadrons attacked Northern Ireland.

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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.

Remembering the Fallen

Matilda Violet Bleakley

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Matilda Violet Bleakley lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She was the wife of Thomas William Bleakley. Matilda died during the Belfast Blitz in 1941.

Thomas William Bleakley

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Civilian Thomas William Bleakley was a joiner from Thorndyke Street, East Belfast, Co. Down. He died in an air raid shelter on the night of 15th April 1941.

Alexander Carlisle

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Lance Corporal Alexander Carlisle served in 70th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He died alongside several other young soldiers when the Luftwaffe bombed Newtownards Airfield in April 1941.

Mary Ann Crotty

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Mary Ann Crotty lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She shared a home with her sister Matilda. Both women lost their lives during the Belfast Blitz.

Douglas Family at Belfast City Cemetery

Emily Douglas

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Young mother Emily Douglas died alongside five of her young children as Luftwaffe bombs fell on North Belfast during the Belfast Blitz on 16th April 1941.

Angeline Grattan

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Angeline Grattan lived in Bangor, Co. Down with her mother and sister when she died as a result of enemy action on 16th April 1941 during the Belfast Blitz.

Matilda Lillian Grattan

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Matilda Lillian Grattan lived in Bangor, Co. Down with her family when she died as a result of enemy action on 16th April 1941 during the Belfast Blitz.

Shelagh Grattan

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Shelagh Grattan lived in Bangor, Co. Down with her mother and sister when she died as a result of enemy action on 16th April 1941 during the Belfast Blitz.