Police Sergeant David Lionel Grigg honoured

On the evening of the 9th November 1940 at 19:00hrs the sirens began to ring out over Bromley due to enemy aircraft having been spotted flying towards the area.  Half an hour later disaster stuck. En route to Central London a Heinkel He 111 was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  The damage was so severe that the bomber began to break up in the air, with one wing landing in the rear garden of 45 Cranmore Road in West Chislehurst. With his plane out of control, the pilot bailed out, shortly…

Heinz Ketchup boss contributes £20K to War effort

After opening its first overseas office in London in 1896, the company opened its first UK factory in Peckham, south London in 1905, followed by a factory at Harlesden, north-west London in 1919. Because of its major contribution to wartime food production, its Harlesden factory was bombed at least twice during World War Two, however production carried on regardless as Heinz was so vital to maintaining food resources. On the 4th October 1940, this article was published in the Bromley & District Times giving details of a large contribution given…

Police Sergeants Bravery During WW2

Award for Rescue of R.A.F. Pilot The King, states Tuesday’s London Gazette, has been pleased to approve the award of the Medal of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire, for Meritorious Service to Arthur Hendon Cole, Sergeant, Kent Special Constabulary. An aircraft of the Royal Air Force taking off from Biggin Hill aerodrome crashed and turned over in the garden of the house next to that occupied by Sergeant Cole.  The pilot was trapped and hanging by his harness upside down.  Cole ran to his ambulance and,…

Fighter Fund for Bromley

This advert for support and volunteers for the Fighter Fund in Bromley was published in the Bromley & District Times on 23rd August 1940. Enthusiastic Support – Subscriptions Coming in – – All Classes want to help – – Volunteers will be needed – The Supermarine “Spitfire” single-seater day and night fighter, supreme among fighter aircraft throughout the world.  She carries eight machine guns mounted in the wings, four each side of the fuselage. The official maximum speed is 357 m.p.h. at 18,100 ft.   Picture shows formation of six spitfires…

At Least Eleven Enemy Aircraft were Shot Down

A report featured in the Bromley & District Times newspaper in July 1940. More daylight air raids have been made in various parts of Britain, with casualties to civilians.  But raiders have been shot down daily. At least eleven enemy aircraft were shot down during a series of attacks on Wednesday on our coasts. In one battle it was estimated that over 100 aircraft were engaged. The R.A.F. have continued their attacks on military objectives in Germany with conspicuous success, and during the week have wrecked German barges which were…