Friday, 30 June 2017

Messerschmitt ME 109 Bullet Marks in Truro Station Footbridge

German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt ME 109 Bullet Marks in bridge panel of Truro railway station footbridge

                        Bullet indentations on exterior footbridge panel (Ringed in red)      Photo: Charles Moorhen

At around 7:30 on the evening of Thursday the 6th August 1942, Truro railway station, Cornwall, came under attack from a lone German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter aircraft - better known as the Messerschmitt ME 109.

The physical results of this terrifying incident can still be seen in one of the east-facing side panels of the platform footbridge spanning the tracks where two bullets slammed against the bridge metal; one almost penetrating it.

Bullet indentations on interior of Truro station footbridge panel   Photo: Charles Moorhen

Truro Railway Station footbridge across platforms 1 and 2 containing World War Two German bullet marks

               Bullet marks on Truro footbridge panel just above platform roof gutter on right      

At the time of the attack the mail train from Penzance to London was standing in the station, and it is widely believed that it was the presence of the train which momentarily distracted the attention of the German pilot away from his main target - the city of Truro itself.

As the ME 109 flew on towards Truro, to join the raid which killed 14 people and resulted in the injury of another 100, it left behind two fatalities and a number of wounded.

Messerschmitt ME 109

Those who died were railway worker, Mr. P. Williams, 52, and postman, Mr. E. Pentecost, 41.


While on the subject of Cornish railways and WW2, it is worth noting that many children were evacuated by train to Cornwall at some point during the years of hostilities.

Here are two examples:

On Friday the 1st September 1939, 544 evacuee children and their teachers arrived at St. Austell station, Cornwall, on the 6:30 from Paddington, London, on Evacuation Train No.103.
On the 3rd September 1939, an evacuation train with the identification number 116 painted across the front of the engine boiler, brought 230 children and mothers to Truro station from Acton, London, to be billetted in Truro and the surrounding area.

Here is a rolling stock 'QuickFinder ' for all Steam/Diesel Locomotives - Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) - Electric Multiple Units (EMU) to be found across the 'Along These Tracksblog pages.

Steam Locomotives:
30075   30517   34016   60163   71000

Diesel Locomotives:
08466   08909   09018   20107   20311   20314   31168   31288   31305   31462   31467
43151   57307   60017   66005   66013   66086   66237   66502   66765   67006   67013   66017  67026   66717   66729   66731   66738

Diesel Multiple Units:
153364   153366   153370  156411  165006   172344   220006   220010   220018   220028   222002   222015

Electric Multiple Units:

310086   317327   323214   350120   350250   390128   450108   

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