Published Thursday, 08 April 2021
The city of Coventry is this week remembering the victims of the air raids of April 1941.
The raids on 8/9 April and 10/11 April 80 years ago, saw prolonged attacks by bombers, dropping tons of high explosives and thousands of incendiaries.
A total of 451 people are believed to have been killed and hundreds more wounded.
Damage was caused to many buildings including the virtual destruction of Christ Church, where only the spire was left standing.
The Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital sustained 10 direct hits, with patients and staff killed and the building left devastated.
Other buildings including factories, the central police station, King Henry VIII School, and St. Mary's Hall were also damaged and four of the city’s six George Medals for bravery were won that week.
Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Ann Lucas said: “Eighty years may have passed, but there are still those in the city who lived through those terrible nights in April 1941, or who lost loved ones and our thoughts are with them at this time.
“The people of Coventry showed such bravery during those raids, and throughout those dark years of war, and they then showed the courage to help our city rebuild and become a world leader in work for peace and reconciliation.
“We owe them so much and we honour their memory by continuing that work for peace and sharing their story with others. We will always remember them.”