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North-East Diary

Roy Ripley &
Brian Pears
© Copyright Brian Pears 1994-2011


Published Sources

1940 - The World in Flames
Richard Collier

Action Stations - Vol 4
Bruce Barrymore Halpenny

Action Stations - Vol 7
David J. Smith

Anti Aircraft
Ian V. Hogg

Are We at War?
Anthony Livesey

The Baedeker Blitz
Niall Rothnie

The Battle of Britain
Basil Collier

The Battle of Britain Mk V Then and Now
edited by Winston Ramsey

The Blitz on Hull
Reverend Phillip Graystone

Blitz - Then and Now - Vols 1 to 3
edited by Winston Ramsey

Bombers and Mash - The Domestic Front 1939/45
Raynes Minns

Bombs by the Hundred on Stockton-on-Tees
David Brown

Britain's Sea War
John M. Young

Civil Defence
T.H. O'Brien

Civilians at War
George Beardmore

Coastal Defences of England and Wales
Ian V. Hogg

Constable - a history of Northumbria Police
Frederick C. Moffatt

Crime in Wartime
Edward Smithies

The Day War Broke Out
Peter Haining

M.J. Whitley

A Dictionary of Ships of the RN of WW2
John Young

Directory of Popular Music 1900 - 1980
Leslie Lowe

Eagles High
Peter North

Flames Across the Tyne
Gerard March

The 'Gone But Not Forgotten' booklets
published by Newcastle City Libraries

The Great York Air Raid
Leo Kessler

Guinea Pig Club Newsletter/Magazine - Spring 1979
Hartonclean 1884 - 1984
Eric B. Dobson

History of Bomb Damage
Miss A. Flagg

The Home Front in World War II
Womak - edited by Turnbull

Hull at War
Clive Hardy

The Illustrated Dictionary of North East Shipwrecks
Peter Collings

Kenneth Macksey

The Last Destroyer
F.A. Mason

Living Through the Blitz
Tom Harrisson

The Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain
Armand van Ishoven

Military Archeology
Terry Gander

The Narrow Margin - The Battle of Britain
D. Wood and D. Dempster

Newcastle's Fire Brigades
John Hallam

A North-East Coast Town
T. Geraghty

150 Years of the Maltese Cross
John H. Proud

Only Owls and Bloody Fools Fly at Night
Group Captain Tom Sawyer DFC

Authors of the book - Out of the Blue
edited by Laddie Lucas

Out Sweeps
Paul Lund and Harry Ludlam

The People's War
Juliet Gardiner

The Real Dad's Army
Norman Longmate

The Red Duster at War
John Slater

Roof Over Britain a booklet produced by HMSO in 1943

Sea War
Frank Pearce

The Secret War a series of articles in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle Feb 1981
Eric Forster

Air Vice Marshal Sandy Johnstone CB DFC AE

Mr S.E. Sterck's articles for the Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Still on my Way to Hollywood
Ernie Wise

Talking About the War
Anne Valery

The Trolley Buses of Newcastle upon Tyne
T.P. Canneaux and N.H. Hanson

Tyneside at War
Clive Hardy and Paul Harris

Tyneside Shipbuilding 1920 - 1960
Peter Elson

The War Illustrated
edited by Sir John Hammerton

War in the Air
Edward Smithies

Wartime Chronicle
Vera Brittain

West Hartlepool
Robert Wood

When Bombs Fell on Rowlands Gill
Brian Pears

Whitaker's Almanac - 1945 - 1946

The York Blitz - 1942
Leo Kessler and Eric Taylor

Yorkshire at War
Leo Kessler & Eric Taylor

Unpublished Sources

ARP and Special Constabulary papers
Gateshead Local Studies Dept

ARP Coordinator's Notebook
TWAS 2394

Air Raid Shelters
TWAS T136-128

TWAS T136-81 and T136-82

Blaydon Report Centre Log Book
Courtesy of Mr S.J.Robinson of Winlaton

Personal Diaries and Sketch Maps 1940-1943
Paul E.H. Hair, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Liverpool

Durham Constabulary - Record of Air Raids
Courtesy of the Force Librarian

E-mail re Fairy Battle Crash and John Anthony Anderson
Courtesy of John Henderson of Ottawa

E-mail re Hurricane Crash at Castle Eden Dene and Sgt Ronald Graham White Carter
Courtesy of Graeme Dobson

E-mail re loss of HMS Lightning
Courtesy of John Dann

E-mail re Newton Shipley, who was awarded the Scout's V.C.
Courtesy of John Briggs

E-mail re Ships Lost
Courtesy of John Briggs

E-mail re Sinking of U-714 by HMSAS Natal
Courtesy of Roger Williams, retired journalist and an ex-AB, South African Naval Forces, WWII

E-mail re Wellington Crash near Consett
Courtesy of Neville Bougourd

E-mails re the experiences and observations of his late father, Flight Sergeant Frederick Penrose
Courtesy of John Penrose

Gateshead Watch Committee Minutes
Gateshead Local Studies Dept

Letter re Air-Raid on Bolam
Courtesy of R.Carmichael of Belsay

Ministry of Home Security Operations Bulletins
NCRO 444/15 and TWAS T170-8

Newcastle Air Raid Reports
TWAS T136-133, T136-134 and T136-120

Northumberland Air Raid Reports
NCRO NC/6/10 (NRO 640/39)

Northumberland Constabulary - Wooler Occurrence Book 1937-45

Notes on Sgt Kenneth Gordon Hook DFM
Courtesy of his son, Iain K Hook

Operations Record Book - HQ No 13 Group RAF
PRO AIR 25/233

Sunderland Air Raid Reports
TWAS 209/113

"Twentieth Century Fortifications in England" Vols 1-3
Council for British Archaeology reports 1996

Tyne Stop Line
PRO WO 199/1516

Tynemouth War Damage Reports
TWAS T15-1477

War Damage Reports Craster & Alnmouth

War Damage Reports Radcliffe & Boulmer

I have used various articles from, and letters written to the: Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Evening Standard, Picture Post, Daily Mail, Sunday Times and the Sunday Times Supplements, "In Trust" Issue No 2 - 2nd June 1976 - Tyne & Wear Industrial Monuments Trust, "Industrial Archeology" -"The Victoria Tunnel" by D.J. Rowe etc.

I must thank the staff of South Shields Library, Local History Department for bringing to my attention Miss Flagg's 'History of Bomb Damage' it is a most comprehensive piece of work, a veritable mine of information about South Shield's ordeal in World War II.

My thanks too, to the staff of Rowlands Gill Library for putting me in touch with Brian Pears. I was fortunate enough to find out about this multi-talented man when I asked at Northumberland Record Office for information on bombing incidents in the North-East. Among the items I was given to look at was a book written by him, it was called 'When Bombs Fell on Rowlands Gill'. It is a remarkably complete collection of relevant facts, followed by an illustrated theory on the reason for the enemy's attack on this peaceful village and the surrounding area, one night in 1942. Due to the efforts of the staff of Rowlands Gill Library we were able to meet and without any hesitation he gave me permission to use any of his many works that would be of use - that kind of generosity is not seen very often - I am deeply grateful. I have copied much of his work, it does not need a symbol because it is instantly recognisable by its wealth of detail.. i.e. the names of the crew members of both British and German planes mentioned in the text, the inclusion of a reference code and the use of OS grid numbers to pinpoint incidents in the countryside.

There may be others whose work and research I have used but have unwittingly left unacknowledged - to them, I apologise, and hope that I have not given offence.

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