A reminder of the dark times the North East suffered during the air raids of 1940.
A reminder of the dark times the North East suffered during the air raids of 1940.

Darkest days of bombing - nine pictures showing the devastation of our streets 80 years ago in August 1940

It was 80 years ago this week when German planes targeted Sunderland, Hartlepool and other key North East towns in the Battle of Britain.

Thursday, 13th August 2020, 6:45 pm

Homes were destroyed, dozens of lives lost and hundreds of people were injured.

But the Germans lost the battle of the skies so badly, they never returned in the same numbers again.

The archives of the Sunderland Echo and Hartlepool Mail contain these photographs of the damage caused to our neighbourhoods in those days – and how the people of the North East fought on through it all.

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