The Peckham and Nunhead areas were to be greviously damaged by the V1's and V2's. 29 V1 Flying bombs and 3 V2
Rockets were to devastate many parts of the district. As a result 161 people were killed and many more badly injured.
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V1 & V2 logs SE15 Peckham and Nunhead
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There was a very serious incident on the corner of Nunhead Lane & Peckham Rye on the 22nd June when 23 deaths
occured when a V1 hit a corset factory. Many of the casualties were young female workers. The area today has been
re-developed as a housing estate. 18 were to die when a V2 hit
Waite street on 14th February 1945. This area today is still
undeveloped and forms part of playing fields but the original line of streets can still be seen.
The area to the North of Peckham High Street was very badly hit by 10 V1's and 2 V2's.  This is probably one of the
highest concentrations of V weapons that I have found anywhere in London. There would have been very few,if any,
undamaged buildings in this part of Peckham. This has resulted in the area being more or less totally re-developed post war.
Some of it is now on its second re-development
Fernholme Road Nunhead SE15 in 2004
This devastated area at the junction of Fernholme and Athenlay Road's was a result of a V1 on the 15th October 1944.
Remarkably the site remains mainly undeveloped.
Pre-fabs have been present on much of the site since the war but now these are being demolished. It can only be a matter of
time before this fascinating piece of history is re-developed. What is interesting when viewing the site is to see the extent of
the area  the blast damage spread over ,indicated by the amount of demolished houses. It is clearer to see this at this location
that at any other I know of.

This would have been an air launched V1 and it was indeed reported that it came in from the East .It impacted at 01.50 on
the 15th October 1944. 8 People died
An ARP  report states : ."
It impacted on a row of  2 storey terrace houses of poor construction with 9 inch walls,wood
floors and slate roof erected about 60 years ago, at the  Southern junction of Fernholme and Athenlay roads,causing
demolition to 3 houses,damage beyond repair to 19 houses ,serious damaged to 60 houses. Damage calling for first aid
repair to about 500 others within a radius of about 300 yards from the point of impact. Anderson shelters to rear of
Fernholme Road badly damaged. There were 8 trapped casualties that had to be rescued"
Unwin Road Peckham 18th June 1944. 3 children were killed in the Air Raid Shelter which was demolished at one end
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Type

Area

Position

Deaths

Date

Time

Notes

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Nunhead

Gibbon road senate street junction

4

15/06/1944

23:45

The V1 is clearly shown on the bomb damage maps but there is no corresponding fire brigade report. The date was confirmed from Dulwich and Camberwell ARP records. The extent of the damage is not known although the impact site is clearly defined from the extensive re-development at this point.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Reddens Road/Unwin Road

4

18/06/1944

08:30

It is noted that primary impact point was the South Metropolitan gas company.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Nunhead Lane/Peckham Rye junction SE quadrant

23

22/06/1944

08:50

This serious incident occurred when the V1 struck at around 105 Peckham rye. 105 was demolished and 107-119 suffered severe damage. All buildings in area bounded by Peckham rye, Solomans passage, Arden road, Nunhead lane, Old James St, Whorlton road slight damage + small fire in debris. One of the buildings that was destroyed was a corset manufactures and many of the victims seem to have been young female workers.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Nunhead

Between Hollydale Road and Stanbury Road

3

23/06/1944

02:12

50 private houses damaged in Hollydale Road, surrounding property in St Mary's,Stanly and Lugard Roads slightly damaged by blast.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Nunhead

Between Banstead Road and Nunhead Grove

2

26/06/1944

16:00

4 houses damaged in Banstead Road. Property in the boundaries of Linden Grove, Evelina Road and Nunhead Lane slightly damaged

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Willow Brook Road/Summit Road junction

3

27/06/1944

10:56

1 houses was demolished and there was 1 fire. Property over a 200 yards Square area badly damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Green Hundred Road/Camelot Road

9

27/06/1944

12:04

Number 55-69 and 42-62 Green Hundred Road were very badly damaged and all property in the area bounded by Old Kent Road, Peckham Park Road, Friary Road and Commercial way suffered some damage.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Nunhead

Peckham Rye by Rye hill Park

1

27/06/1944

20:11

56 and 58 severely damaged. Remainder of Rye Hill Park and Peckham Rye slightly damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Penance Road Willow Brook Road/Summit Road junction

1

28/06/1944

22:38

The V1 struck close to the previous one in Willow Brook road the day before, increasing the degree of damage. A 3 inch gas main was damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Nunhead

Kimberley Avenue junction with Evelina Road N quadrant

5

30/06/1944

09:32

The V1 demolished 67,69,71,79,81,83.85. severely damaged. Surrounding property in Evelina Road ,Grim wade Crescent, kirkwood road, Hollydale road slightly damage, slight damage to railway track. Persons rescued from Anderson shelters at 73-77 Kimberley Avenue

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Between Stuart Road And Reynolds Road

17

01/07/1944

18:27

This serious incident occurred when the V1 struck between Stuart and Reynolds Road. 16-36 Stuart Road and 9-17 Reynolds Road were demolished, There was a small fire. A further 50 houses were damaged by blast.

SE15

Bermondsey

V1

Bermondsey

Hatch am Street Ilderton Road /Record St NW Quadrant

8

02/07/1944

10:51

It is recorded that a 2 storey building was demolished and that property bounded by Ilderton Road, Tustin Street, Penarth Street and Very road were damaged. The area had previously been badly hit by conventional bombing. This V1 fell on the border of Bermondsey and Dulwich /Camberwell. Although conformation exists by cross checking bomb maps and fire brigade reports no ARP record exists for either area. The dead are confirmed in the Bermondsey war dead book

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Radnor Road

5

02/07/1944

11:14

10 houses were demolished and 40 badly damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Costa Street

6

02/07/1944

11:50

3 houses were demolished and 30 badly damaged in Costa Street. 4 demolished and 30 badly damaged in Wag horn Street.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Peckham Park Road

0

03/07/1944

03:46

The V1 hit Peckham and Radnor Road very close to the incident the day before. 140-150 Peckham Park road were demolished and 30 houses damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Between Clayton and Cicely Road

5

07/07/1944

23:59

6 houses were demolished and 80 badly damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Copeland Road on LBSCR railway Bridge

0

12/07/1944

19:14

6 houses demolished and 30 badly damaged. The bomb fell close to the down line at the Junction and destroyed the track and lifted the bridge above, demolished the whole of the central trestle except for one stanchion, left the bridge in a precarious state of suspense.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Commercial way appx junction with Pentridge st

2

16/07/1944

11:10

6 houses demolished and 30 damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Between Wood Road between 1-25 Harpers Road Mews

6

19/07/1944

12:03

13 houses were demolished.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Mckerell Road

11

19/07/1944

14:34

A building of 2 floors used as cattle food manufactures demolished.6 shops and houses demolished 50 damaged by blast small fire.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

North end Frensham Street

0

22/07/1944

02:56

The V1 badly damaged a range of buildings 300 x 30 feet and 30 houses.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Bird in Bush Road Friary Street junction

1

22/07/1944

10:25

10 houses were demolished and 50 badly damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Southampton Way West Side South of Dalwood Street junction

0

27/07/1944

19:32

6 houses and a garaged demolished.20 houses badly damaged. A building of 2 floor about 100 x 30 feet used as a food storage warehouse partly demolished and fire damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

SE end Kinsale Road

4

29/07/1944

14:24

The V1 demolished 4 houses and seriously damaged 4 others.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Nunhead

Ivydale road/Inverton Road junction

2

12/08/1944

01:30

10 houses demolished church and 20 houses damaged small fire in Ivydale 7 shops and houses church hall and 6 houses damaged in Inverton 20 houses damaged in Bellwood 20 houses damaged in Surrey rd Today the signs of the Flying bomb can still be seen. The church has recently been re-built , and number of sites still are occupied by pre-fabs.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

Scilla Road Claude Road junction NW quadrant

2

13/08/1944

02:10

6 houses were demolished and 30 damaged.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Peckham

LBSCR Railway by Bidwell St

0

15/08/1944

15:39

There was severe damage to 120 feet of rail track and the bridge. 10 houses were demolished and 50 badly damaged. Property in area Queens Road, Lugard Road ,harders road slight damaged. There was also a small fire.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Nunhead

Ivydale road/Opposite Cemetery West Side North of Limesford Road

3

17/08/1944

06:44

Sports pavilion destroyed 30 houses demolished 60 houses severe damage and surrounding property in the boundaries of Ivydale Limesford Linden grove slight damage .

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V1

Nunhead

Athenlay Road/FernHolm Road Junction

8

15/10/1944

01:50

This V1 occurred after the main attacks were over. : A report states : FLY coming in from the East,(which may have indicated and air launch or conventional launch from the Netherlands.) It impacted on a row of 2 storey terrace houses of poor construction with 9 inch walls, wood floors and slate roof erected about 60 years ago, at the Southern junction of Ferholme and Athenlay roads, causing demolition to 3 houses, damage beyond repair to 19 houses ,serious damaged to 60 houses. Damage calling for first aid repair to about 500 others within a radius of about 300 yards from the point of impact. Anderson shelters to rear of Fernholme Road badly damaged. There were 8 trapped casualties that had to be rescued This site today remains mainly undeveloped apart from one modern houses and some pre-fabs. Due to this fact the damage area is clearer to see than at most other V1 sites.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V2

Peckham

Hardcastle Street (was between Hill St and Marmont Road)

9

19/11/1944

07:05

This V2 hit Hardcastle Street in the centre of Peckham which was between Hill Street and Marmont Road.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V2

Camberwell

Azenby Road near railway

0

06/01/1945

22:40

Severe damage to railway workshops. 15 Railway carriages badly damaged. A toilet paper factory and 150 houses damaged in Azenby Road, Lyndhurst Road, Chadwick Grove and Talgourd Road.

SE15

Dulwich/Camberwell

V2

Peckham

Waite St at Trafalgar Avenue junction

18

14/02/1945

10:00

This very serious Rocket Attack occurred when the V2 struck Waite Street and the junction of Trafalgar Avenue Following details obtained from Camberwell ARP records : A LRR penetrated a 3 storey houses at the SW angle of Trafalgar Av with Waite Street, forming a crater at ground level about 40 feet across by 10 foot deep. Blast caused the complete demolishing of 12 4 storey 'neo Greek' type of terrace houses of poor construction erected about 90 years previously. Damage beyond repair to about 25 similar properties adjoining the crater and damage calling for first aid repairs to properties within a s radius of about 200 yards of the crater. Rescue operations were concerned with the release of 10 trapped casualties which were found by dogs. Initial casualties were 13 killed,28 seriously injured to Kings Guys St Olavís and Dulwich. 60 slight injuries to first aid post or nearby hospitals. Search proceeding for 10 missing or trapped persons In another report : all CD service made a prompt attendance but far too many vehicles were permitted to drive right up to the scene of the incident. The results was that in the narrow streets conditions for a time bordered on the chaotic and at least one occasion a loaded ambulance was unable to get away to hospital until other vehicles had reversed out of the way. The principal trouble was caused by a mobile 1st aid unit belonging to Camberwell council. Further congestion was caused through the apparent inability (or disinclination) of the police to clear the affected areas of sightseers. There were plenty of police but at the time of arrival only one road was roped off. Even though this was done civilians were allowed to pass the barrier without hindrance. The writer personally spoke to the police and suggested the sightseers should be cleared but the Inspector said he could do this until the parking situation had been attended to. For a time all police efforts were concentrated on removing a blast damaged lorry. Even when the writer left the site at 11.12 there were still may civilians looking on and no roads had been closed to the public. Had written note on bottom of report adds that this information should be treated as confidential .