We remember firefighting during the Blitz, 80 years on

What looks to be eight firefighters in the streets, which are ablaze. They are in full uniform (jumpsuits and helmets). One is holding a hose, one is reaching to catch something, two are stood looking around and others are crouched down handling bricks.
Credit: Chris Robinson

On the 80 year anniversary of the Plymouth Blitz, we’re taking the time to reflect on the role and undeniable courage of the fire service during such devastation. In March and April of 1941, Plymouth saw severe air raid attacks that left life-changing impacts on the city. During one night alone, it’s thought that around 35,000 bombs were dropped and 76 civilians were killed. 

This anniversary has also given us the opportunity to remember similar attacks across our counties during the Second World War, such as on Yeovil in 1941, and Exeter in 1942.  

We’re proud to recall the brave sacrifices made by firefighters to keep people and properties safe through such troubling times.

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The bravery of all in the fire service during the Blitz was astounding. Firefighters did everything in their power to carry out their duties and never gave up, even when their own survival was put at serious risk. 

A memorial event at Greenbank Fire Station took place on Sunday the 25 April to pay our respects. A red plaque was unveiled, containing the names of the 48 firefighters who lost their lives on duty in Plymouth.

We will always remember the courage and ultimate sacrifice made by the firefighters whose lives were lost.