The North Strand Bombing, Dublin 1941

#OnThisDay 1941 The Luftwaffe dropped four high explosive bombs on Dublin, the North Strand being worst hit. 28 people died, 90 injured & 300 houses ruined. Reasons for the bombing range from revenge for De Valera sending Dublin Fire Brigade to help put out fires in the Belfast Blitz, navigational error, pilot error thinking they were in Belfast, forcing Ireland to end neutrality but most likely it was pilots who had missed their target (probably Liverpool) and were returning home, came under fire from Dublin’s paltry air defence and dropped bombs to save fuel to get home.

The Browne family from Edenderry, Co. Offaly made up for a quarter of the deaths that night when seven of them were killed by the blast.

North Strand

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