Sept. 7, 1940 marked the beginning
of the London Blitz. 348 German bombers over London appeared at around 4:00 PM along with 617 fighters
and bombed London until around 6:00 PM. 2 months previous to the attack on London German's had been bombing RAF airfields
and radar stations in preparation for the invasion. When these plans were put on hold Hitler turned to demoralize London
citizens and force Britain to come to terms. Two hours after the first attack a second group of raiders commenced another
attack that lasted until 4:30 the following morning. This marked the beginning of the Blitz, a time of intense bombing
on London and other cities. The Blitz lasted until the following May.
57 days consecutive days, London
was bombed during the day or at night. Fires spread though a lot of the city. Residents used whatever shelter they could
find. The Underground stations sheltered at least 177,000 people during the night. The worst case was when 450 were killed
when a bomb destroyed a school being used as an air raid shelter. The Blitz didn’t end until May 11, 1941 when Hitler called off the raids because he needed to prepare for the invasion of Russia.