The Cowes Blitz

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Reference WMO/276519

Address:

Francki Place

Cowes

PO31

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Stainless steel plaque on wooden backboard
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BLITZ ON COWES/ 4TH / 5TH MAY 1942/ This is to commemorate the tragic loss/ of life sustained on the evening of/ 4th / 5th May 1942 during an enemy/ aerial attack by the Luftwaffe./ Some seventy souls lost their lives as/ a result of the raids on the shipyards/ in Cowes and East Cowes./ The defence of the towns by the/ Polish destroyer ORP Blyskawica/ throughut the night with the valiant/ assistance of shoreside fire and rescue/ services was instrumental in/ preventing a greater tragedy./ The loss to this community and the/ sacrifices afforded at that time will/ remain with us./ IN MEMORIUM 4TH MAY 2007/ THE FRIENDS OF/ THE ORP BLYSKAWICA SOCIETY/ This plaque was unveiled by/ H.E. Ms Barbara Tuge-Erecinska/ Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the/ Republic of Poland to the United Kingdom of Great Britain/ and Northern Ireland

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