Friday, May 15, 2009

Fate of Victims of Prudential Building Bombing (Hull, 1941)

Hull Daily Mail [UK]
15 May 2009

Secret file sheds light on blitz raid

The discovery of a top-secret document has shed light on the infamous air raid attack which reduced a city centre building to rubble.

The main bulk of the Prudential building in King Edward Street, overlooking Queen Victoria Square, was bombed in May 1941, leaving only an ornate tower standing precariously on its own.

A number of residents were killed after taking shelter in the building, but the exact number of deaths was not known and a gruesome belief began to emerge that the bodies had been left there and covered with quick lime. [...]

[It was also rumored that the people in the building were "drowned by water from fire hoses."]