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Air raid damage to the gas holder at Swindon Works, 1942

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Swindon Works following the air raid on 27th July 1942. The gas holder at the gas works is pock-marked by machine gun fire from a lone aircraft that had swooped over the town early in the morning. A fire broke out in the gas holder, but it was quickly put out and the holes were plugged with clay to prevent any further damage. It is interesting to note the strange breathing apparatus worn by the two men in the left of the image; presumably masks to combat the effects of any escaping gas

Media ID 19929935

Date: 28th February 2014

Unique Reference Number: W7 035 & HWW2-2 084

Image Size: 2776 x 2048 Pixels

Filesize is 0.86MB

Associated Categories: Swindon Works

Associated Categories: The Railway at War

Associated Categories: Second World War

Keywords: air raid, damage, gas holder, gas works, machine gun, swindon works, world war 2