Middlesbrough was a prime target for enemy aircraft because of its reputation as an industrial area. Smith’s Dock and Furnace’s Shipyards on the River Tees built and repaired damaged warships. ICI, situated on the north side of the River Tees, produced explosives and the Dorman and Long steel works on the south bank churned out tanks and shells.

Because of the valley haze and airborne pollution, targets were difficult to locate. Many buildings were damaged in the air raids including Middlesbrough Railway Station and a number of streets close to the docks.

Another raid attacked South Bank and dropped 350 bombs on the steelworks and docks but didn’t do as much damage as one would think. A bomb even hit the Transporter Bridge

Many songs were written to send up Hitler…..

Spike Jones & his City Slickers – ‘In the Fuehrer’s Face’ 1943
When der fuehrer says we is de master race
We heil heil right in der fueher’s face
Not to love der fuehrer is a great disgrace
So we heil heil right in der fuehrer’s face

Dad’s parents lived in Marsh Road. The street was situated adjacent to the wharfs and industry that lined the banks of the River Tees. Consequently, Marsh Road suffered severely during one of the many raids.

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