Second World War records - air raids

How many raids were there on Hull?
Hull was subject to 86 raids; the first, June 19/20th 1940, and the last March 17th 1945.

How can I find out when a street in the city was bombed?
The street name index in the searchroom contains a card for each street bombed within the city boundaries giving the date of the raid(s) and the reference number of the files containing information relating to the raid [C TYA/1-23] including copies of all messages, reports and correspondence received in relation to each incident. Information about Air Raid shelters is also available.

5th Avenue School - interior view of shelter (Ref C TSP. 3.465.16)

How can I trace a casualty of the bombings?

The History Centre holds Casualty Lists [C TYC] which for each incident (raid) gives the names, ages and addresses (or unit in the case of service personnel) of casualties under the headings of:

  • Mortuary (dead)
  • Hospital (seriously injured)
  • First aid post (slightly injured)

These large volumes cover the following dates:
C TYC/1         26 January 1940-31 March 1941
C TYC/2         3 April 1941-9 November 1941
C TYC/3         13 April 1942-20 December 1942
C TYC/4         15 January 1943-14 July 1943
C TYC/5         20 April 1944-17 March 1945

We also hold a printed list of civilian dead at C TYD/1 which is available in the searchroom in SRL/R Box 10.

How can I find out where my relatives were billeted after their home was bombed?
The Civil Defence Warden Service (Fire Guard Section) records at C TLW/W/1/9 detail the movement of people after their homes had suffered bomb damage. Please note that they only cover April 1941 to June 1942. They are filed in alphabetical order in 79 files and list the family members and other residents, where billeted and their subsequent address, if applicable.

C TLW/W/1/10 contains the Ministry of Information Searcher Service (Air Raids Welfare) Section records. These sheets were issued in order to urgently seek information as to the safety and whereabouts of missing people. They are organised in alphabetical order according to family name and can have a variety of additional information such as addresses, places of work and supplemental reports.

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