Bethnal Green Tragedy

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Bethnal Green tube station, London, United Kingdom

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WW II Tragedy Feb 02, 2017
On 3 March 1943, the worst civilian disaster in the UK during World War II happened here. 173 people were crushed to death when dozens and dozens of people tumbled over each other to take shelter in the tube station. This horrible tragedy occurred when there were no German aircraft in the area and the Tube Station was not even operational yet.

The Tube was a popular place for the public to escape the Blitz. Bethnal Green Tube Station had become such a well used air raid shelter, that a nearby left luggage facility housed the bedding people took down the stairs.

On the morning of the tragedy an air raid alarm had sounded because enemy aircraft had been spotted in the London area. At the same time an anti-aircraft unit nearby tested a new weapon. As local people scrambled down the stairs with their bedding, it just started with a person or two slipping before a massive crush of bodies caused the tragedy.

Although it was reported by the papers at the time, it was decided to keep the location unpublished.

Today a large memorial is being planned and funds sought to build a larger tribute to this sad loss of human life.

Bethnal Green tube station is a station on the Central Line if you would like to visit.
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vulindlela says:
Wow, I had heard about this but did not know the details.
Thank you for sharing.
Posted on: Feb 02, 2017
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