Air Raid On Croydon Airport
62 Civilians killed
AIR RAID ON CROYDON AIRPORT
Henry Albert Beard
On the 15th Aug 1940, the German Luftwaffe made their first air raid on Croydon Airport. They were actually looking to bomb Kenley Aerodrome but mistook their bearings.
The raid killed 6 airmen and 62 civilians. Among them was Henry Beard aged 27, who was working at the Bourjois Factory in Purley Way, Croydon as an Examiner & Storekeeper.
Henry left a pregnant wife, May Evelyn Beard and a daughter Valerie. Josephine was born on the 10th Nov 1940. May lived until 2000, aged 87.
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