Croydon's First V2 - Sunny Bank, South Norwood

The devastation caused by the first V2 rocket to land in the Croydon area. Sunny Bank, South Norwood - 20th October, 1944.

On 20th October, 1944, at 20.09hrs, Batt.2./Art.Abt.(mot) 485 under the command of Hauptmann Neusch, launched the first V2 to land in the Croydon area.

It hit houses in Regina Rd / Sunny Bank, South Norwood, during a rainy evening at 20.14pm and, “exploded under the foundations with such as force that the houses simply disappeared leaving behind only a water filled crater 23 feet in diameter and 14 feet deep”. Six civilians were killed and fourteen seriously injured. Several people were trapped in the debris and a detector dog was brought in from Chelsea to assist the rescuers.

The casualties were as follows:

JOAN DOUGLAS CAMERON BOWDEN, Aged 28,
was a Red Cross nurse. She was the daughter of Peter Cameron Douglas Castle and Nellie Hudson Wynne Castle, of 12 Regina Road; wife of Capt. Terence Lake Bowden, R.A. Died at Regina Rd.

CHARLES ALFRED JUPP, Aged 51,
of 7 Sunny Bank, South Norwood. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. Jupp; husband of Florence May Jupp. Died at 7 Sunny Bank.

FLORENCE MAY JUPP, Aged 49,
of 7 Sunny Bank, South Norwood, was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. Ecott; wife of Charles Alfred Jupp. Died at 7 Sunny Bank.

GEOFFREY RAYMOND JUPP, Aged 6,
of 7 Sunny Bank, South Norwood, was the son of Charles Alfred and Florence May Jupp. Died at 7 Sunny Bank.

GERTRUDE KATE THORPE, Aged 54,
of 8 Sunny Bank, South Norwood, was the widow of Frank Thorpe. Died at 8 Sunny Bank.

IDA BETTY THORPE, Aged 28,
of 8 Sunny Bank, South Norwood, was the daughter of Gertrude Kate, and of the late Frank Thorpe. Injured 20 October 1944, at 8 Sunny Bank; died same day at General Hospital.

Rest in peace..

Sources:
Croydon And The Second World War by Berwick Sayers

Comments about this page

  • Thank you for this amazing information and well done you for your expert research our great grandmother lived in Sunnybank during this time and although her property was damaged she seems to have survived it’s of interest that I was told that someone found an old clock of hers or some information with her address on it, about half a mile away C Mead

    By C Mead (28/11/2020)

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