8th April

On 8th April 1941, Squadron Leader Simpson shot down a Heinkel HE111 over Downpatrick, Co. Down as the first victims of the Belfast Blitz died in the city.

Luftwaffe Heinkel shot down over Downpatrick, Co. Down

Luftwaffe Heinkel shot down over Downpatrick, Co. Down

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8th April 2017

The night of 7th-8th April 1941 went down in history as The Docks Raid of the Belfast Blitz but also saw a Heinkel shot down over Downpatrick, Co. Down.

Victims of the Belfast Blitz

Thomas George Bell

Firewatcher

Firewatcher Thomas George Bell died on 8th April 1941 as the Luftwaffe attacked the Harland and Wolff Shipyard during The Docks Raid of the Belfast Blitz.

John Esdale

Labourer

Labourer John Esdale died on 8th April 1941 during The Docks Raid of the Belfast Blitz as high explosive bombs fell on the Harland and Wolff Shipyard Ltd.

Daniel Fee

Firewatcher

Firewatcher Daniel Fee died on 8th April 1941 during The Docks Raid of the Belfast Blitz while volunteering at the offices of Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Thomas Gardiner Ferguson

Civilian

Thomas Gardiner Ferguson is remembered in Commonwealth War Graves Commission's civilian casualties. He died during the Belfast Blitz on 8th April 1941.

Samuel Hoy Gowan

Firewatcher

Firewatcher Samuel Hoy Gowan was a Firewatcher at Pollock Dock, Belfast, Co. Antrim when he died on 8th April 1941 in The Docks Raid of the Belfast Blitz.

Alexander McIlwrath Hagans

Firewatcher

Firewatcher Alexander McIlwrath Hagans died on 8th April 1941 while working at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard during The Docks Raid of the Belfast Blitz.

Brice Harkness

Fireman

Volunteer fireman Brice Harkness from Cookstown is thought to be the first Auxiliary Fire Service victim of the Luftwaffe's Belfast Blitz on 8th April 1941.

Stanley Kyle

Civilian

Stanley Kyle of 40 Hillview Avenue, Belfast, Co. Down worked at Harland and Wolff Shipyard. when the Luftwaffe attacked on the night of 7th-8th April 1941.

Joseph Lambert

Civilian

Joseph Lambert served in the Royal Irish Rifles during World War One. He died on 8th April 1941 as a result of injuries sustained in the Belfast Blitz.

Archibald McDonald

Fireman

Volunteer fireman Archibald McDonald from Belfast was among the first Auxiliary Fire Service victims of the Luftwaffe's Belfast Blitz on 8th April 1941.

John Cameron Patience

Civilian

John Cameron Patience died on 8th April 1941 aged 60 years old as Luftwaffe planes attacked Harland and Wolff Shipyard on Queen's Road, Belfast, Co. Down.

William Martin Pollock

Firewatcher

William Martin Pollock was a Firewatcher at ARP Post 622 in Belfast Docks, Co. Antrim when the Luftwaffe first attacked Belfast city on 7th-8th April 1941.

Hugh John Stewart

Civilian

Civilian Hugh John Stewart of 2 Legann Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim died on 8th April 1941 when Luftwaffe planes attacked the Harland and Wolff Shipyard.

Remembering the Fallen

Jack Agnew

Jack Agnew

Paratrooper

Private First Class Jack Agnew became part of one of World War Two's most infamous US Army units but the paratrooper was born in Belfast, Co. Antrim.

Joseph Wardle Savage

Joseph Wardle Savage

Leading Aircraftman | 1109070

Leading Aircraftman Joseph Wardle Savage from Belfast, Co. Antrim died on 8th April 1941 after his De Havilland Tiger Moth collided with another in mid-air.