Croydon CR7 Thornton Heath, was badly battered during the
V1 attacks. In total 15 Flying Bombs exploded in this fairly
small district killing about 61 people.
Thornton Heaths worst tragedy was on 1st July 1944 09.56
when a Flying Bomb exploded in
Nursery Road. It killed 9
people and demolished 14 houses.
CR7 Thornton Heath
Next area SE1
There are several aspects of the Thornton Heath V bombings that stand out;
Firstly, of the total of 15  V1's, 10 struck in the 5 days between 1st and 5th of July 1944 Although it can
only be conjecture, it would seem  likely,  all the missiles were launched from one site in France.
It is also interesting the first missile did not fall until 1st July, most districts received impacts in the last
two weeks of June.  This could possibly point to the range of the launch site in question being reduced  
because of  false intelligence Britain fed the Nazis  the V1's were overshooting.

A further point about Thornton's Heaths suffering is the high death rate per missile, 4.07. Thornton
Heath is an outer London Suburb and equivalent areas such as Streatham or Upper Norwood had a
much lower (1.88 and 1.00 respectively). The key to this is the nature of the housing of the area. Whilst
much of Upper Norwood and Streatham had larger houses and areas of open space Thornton Heath was
more tightly packed with small terraced houses.  In Thornton Heath 80% of the V1's resulted in fatalities
whereas in South London as a whole only 50% were fatal incidents.
PostCode

PostCode

Oldborough

Type

Area

Position

 

Deaths

Date

Time

Notes

 

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Whitehall Road around number 21 and Colvin Road

5

01/07/1944

07:35

8 houses demolished and 30 severely damaged.

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Hazlemere Road Around number 87

3

01/07/1944

09:00

Small fire in road caused by fractured gas main 10 houses demolished. The street today has been re-built in a similar style so the destruction in this area is hard to detect.

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Nursery Road around number 21 and Zion Road

9

01/07/1944

09:56

14 houses demolished and severe blast damage to surrounding property

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Whitehorse Road

0

02/07/1944

01:28

Public wash houses demolished /4 houses partially destroyed and 40 business premises damaged/

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Highbury Avenue around number 9

3

02/07/1944

12:28

4 houses demolished and severe blast damage to surrounding property.

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Chipstead Avenue around number 50

1

02/07/1944

12:56

15 houses demolished and severe blast damage to surrounding property including fire station. The road has been re-built with houses in a similar style to their pre-war neighbours so the damage is difficult to detect.

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Woodville Road around number 58 and Grange Park Road

6

03/07/1944

20:30

8 houses demolished

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Melfort Road

0

04/07/1944

11:06

5 houses demolished and 60 feet of railway track lifted and severe blast damage to surrounding property

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Moffat Road around number 136 and Livingston Road

8

04/07/1944

21:12

15 houses demolished and 40 severely damaged by blast

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Curzon Road around number 8

8

05/07/1944

20:34

12 houses completely demolished and 200 severely damaged by blast. Damage extended over a radius of 1/2 mile. The houses at this point have been re-built in an identical style to their pre-war neighbours so the damage is difficult to detect.

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Marion Road around number 10

5

11/07/1944

17:55

Small fire under debris,12 houses demolished and severe blast damage to surrounding property. The whole of one end of the road on both sides has been cleared and replace with 1960's housing whilst at the other end Victorian terraces remain.

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Grange Road around 337

8

12/07/1944

21:18

8 houses demolished and 40 suffered severe damage

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Brigstock Road around number 73

4

16/07/1944

00:59

6 houses demolished and 20 badly damaged including fire station. A large area has been cleared and is today occupied by a park/recreation ground.

CR7

Croydon

v1

Thornton Heath

Sandfield gardens

0

21/07/1944

02:10

Small fire in debris and 30 houses severe damage V1 struck gardens at end of cul de sac

CR7

Croydon

V1

Thornton Heath

Recreation ground

1

31/07/1944

15:01

V1 on open ground 12 houses severe damage and 20 slight damage

 

    Zion Road 1st July
    1944