One only gathered that “something was on” from the sudden silence and comparative darkness that fell upon the streets, and one missed the more distant sound of the trains, which stopped during raids. (Croydon and the Great War)
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|Leslie Park Road, Croydon|
bombs falling on Beech House Road, Chatsworth Road, Oval Road, Cherry Orchard Road, Addiscombe Road, Leslie Park Rd (image), Albert Rd and Stretton Road. Observers thought the airships were following therailway line from Waddon through to Norwood Junction then going south east. Two houses were wrecked by 1 bomb. Baby boy pinned down but escaped injury. In the second bomb on Beech House Road, a house collapsed with a father and 3 sons (10, 14 and 15 years old) inside, all of the sons all died.
A few seconds later a flash from the sky, a sudden illumination of the whole neighbourhood, a deafening explosion and violent tremors of the ground showed that the German invaders had actually reached Croydon. Explosions followed in rapid and terrifying succession as the Zeppelin crossed over Addiscombe, passed south and east of the London, Brighton railway line and then throbbed away towards Woolwich.
|Stretton Road, Croydon|
In order to attack the town from the West, firstly we steered South, then to the West and at 11.30 arrived at the attack. Over Croydon 3 explosive and 10 incendiary bombs were dropped and over the Southwest part of London, Battersea and Clapham, 18 explosive bombs, many big fires and good explosive effects were observed.
While travelling over the town the ship was lit up as bright as day by numerous searchlights, 26 were counted, and was shot at from all sides very heavily with explosive grenades, which exploded very near to the ship.
Sergeant Böcker Kapitanleutnant d. Res U. Kommandant L 14.