the researcher wrote:yoker brian wrote:Socceroo wrote:Fascinating Bomb map brian.
I don't think Bankhead School was completely destroyed, only a wing of it which was rebuilt in a fairly similar style to the remaining School.
Copied from a map in the city archives
if you have a month and year it would have most likely have been reported in the paper probably the daily record, would be worth a trawl through them to find the newspaper report about it check the newspaper index in mitchell library as it may be listed in that
It was the first night of what was to be known as the Blitz on Clydeside - 13/14th March 1941 when it took a direct hit from a German Parachute landmine - 39 people were killed
It wasn't reported as such in the papers of the time - due to the heavy wartime censorship & restrictions. it would have been reported as an incident in a west coast town.
The school was being used as an First Aid & ARP Post and Auxiluary Fire Station - it is well documented on the internet (including this forum) and in various books published about the war on clydeside.
I live about half a mile away from the school - I know it well, and a former colleague's mother was a pupil at the school at the time of the incident and later went on to be a teacher at the same school. The lady in question, lived with her parents directly opposite the school and the house was badly damaged when part of the school building was blown across the road and a girder crashed into the first floor bedroom - don't think I can get any better than a first hand account from someone who lived through it and can recall it as though it was yesterday
I do spend a fair bit of time at the Mitchell and familiar with the various sources of information and search tools available