Title: Butterfly Bomb in Gutter
Author: Unknown
Date: From a May 2017 scan of an original WWII glass slide

On the night of 13th/14th June 1943, 3,000+ butterfly (or Sprengbombe Dickwandig or SD2) bombs were dropped by the Luftwaffe over Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Great Coates.

Some of the 'butterflies' landed in hedges and trees or were caught in overhead wires. Some landed on railway tracks or in gutters as in the photo. Note the damage to the slates. It was a real challenge to dispose of these highly dangerous anti-personnel devices and, in the case of Grimsby and Cleethorpes, it took a considerable period of time.

Those killed by these nasty SD2s and the brave bomb disposal teams and others who helped clear the area should be remembered!

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