LAST week we printed the first part of a letter from Gerry Lynch, an ex-Portite who has lived in Canada since 1954.
Before we detail more of Gerry’s letter, take a look at this photo which was taken on the day he left Ellesmere Port for a new life in Canada in 1954.
He is pictured with his mother on the steps of the family home at 87 Park Road.
This week Gerry tells of the night a bomb fell near his old home in Ellesmere Port during the Second World War.
He wrote: “On the night of May 3/4 in 1941, at the height of the bombing of Merseyside, a bomb fell in front of 87 Park Road.
“I am looking for evidence that will confirm details regarding this incident. Here is a summary of what I know about this incident so far from my personal experience and research records.
“I was aged eight at the time. My brother, myself and my mother were all in bed when I heard the apparent whistle of a screaming bomb that was about to fall in front of our house.
“Upon impact we all got up and were walking on broken plaster that had fallen from the ceiling as a result of damage that had been done to the house. I remember all the soot which had come down the chimney and the cracks from the plaster of the walls.
“Luckily, there were no broken windows, and we preceded downstairs to the living room area.
“I recall hearing my mother ask an air raid warden where the bomb had fallen. He told her it was on our front doorstep!
“The bomb had landed in the centre of the road in front of our house and close to the intersection of Park Road and Green Lane.
“It was a coincidence that some 150ft away from my house there was an ARP shelter. I remember crowds of neighbours on the streets standing around in front of the crater left by the bomb.
“It seemed to take up the width of the road and the water main people came out to deal with the damaged utilities about 2am.
“There are many stories which came from that night.
“I remember my godmother, Mrs Rose, of 6 Green Lane, who was also an air-raid warden.
“She was on her way down to the air raid wardens’ station at the time and decided to drop in and see Mrs Davis at 5 Green Lane.
“She heard the scream of the bomb and managed to dive under the kitchen table prior to impact.
“She believed that if she had continued walking to the ARP shelter she might have been fatally injured.
“At the same time my dad, who had been on a nine-day leave in Ellesmere Port, was returning to Scotland to join the 5th Seaforth Highlanders Regiment. We thought he was well on his way to Scotland. However, during the air raid, he was trapped at Lime Street Station in Liverpool.
“He was out in the alleyway when bomb blasts forced him to go back inside. Little did he know that a bomb had also just landed in front of his house in Park Road.
“While he was at Lime Street Station he recalled hearing a loud explosion which was likely the munitions ship Malakand which had just exploded on the south west side of the Huskisson number 2 dock.
“Incidentally, there is still visual evidence of exactly where the bomb hit the road and where it has been re-paved over the years. My son Peter observed this in 1996.
“I have enclosed a photo of my brother Peter Lynch on his motorbike parked at the edge of what would have been the crater in 1955.
“There are several accounts from people of this event but I have not been able to find any photographic reference of the crater.
“I’m looking for photographs taken by various authorities or any individuals documenting the bomb damage which took place in front of my house.
“I’d like to see what records the Royal Engineers and local Civil Defence may have regarding the incident.
“I’d also like to contact the German Luftwaffe to see if they can shed any light on the matter; for example who were the pilots and crew who dropped the bomb during this raid.
“I’d also like to find out what type of plane and bomb it was.
‘’And are any of the pilots involved in this bombing still alive and could they be tracked down?
“I have seen reconnaissance records of aerial views taken from the German Luftwaffe’s surveillance photographs in various publications.’’
If you can help Gerry out with any information about the bomb in Park Road you can contact him on email@example.com