Battle of Britain - Shelter in London's Underground

East-end Londoners were undergoing unbelievable anguish as the Blitz continued.  Many had homes without cellars, which caused people to panic. 

Between September and November of 1940, London was bombed over three hundred times. People without shelters were still determined "to stick it out."  Seeking safety, they flocked - night after night - to London's underground train stations.

One day, Jack Hewitt - a first-aid officer from Dover - heard the cry of a baby coming from the rubble of two destroyed homes.  Able to pull the six-month-old girl (whose name was Jean Amos) out of the wreckage, Hewitt was emotionally overcome.  It was, he says years later, the only time he cried during the war.

As the London Blitz went on and on, parents started to think their children might be safer outside Britain.  Hundreds of thousands had been evacuated to the country, but now children were also leaving for Canada. 

One ship left Liverpool, with Bess Walder Cummings (then fifteen) and her nine-year-old brother aboard. The fate of their vessel - the SS City of Benares - would soon become an infamous story of war.

See, also:

Battle of Britain - London Blitz

Goering's Goal - Bomb Britain into Submission

Battle of Britain - Death and Dogfights

Battle of Britain - Devastation in Coventry

Media Credits

Clip from "The Battle of Britain," a documentary of the London Blitz which began on September 7, 1940.

Executive Producer:

Guido Knopp


Ralf Piechowiak
Alexander Berkel

Clip online, courtesy YouTube.



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