Southend was often used by the German bombers as a dumping ground for their bomb loads during the war if their primary target was not possible to hit there too many of these incidents to list. There were 1236 Air Raid Warnings.
December 1914: Southend receives the first air raid in the country of the First World War a lone Bomber flew over the town dropping rust rivets. (The first real bombs of the war were dropped on Dover on 14th December 1914)
Sunday 9th & Monday 10th May 1915: The First Air Raid
Sunday 18th August 1940: Raids on Thames Estuary between 17:40-18.00; 54 Bomber Raid on Shoeburyness 4 houses destroyed water-mains signal-box 7 rail tracks also destroyed 3 killed; 1 Raider shot down 1 German airman found dead on beach 2nd injured; RAF Hurricane shot down in Thames Estuary pilot rescued.
Wednesday 28th August 1940: RAF Rochford bombed heavily by 15 He111's at 13;00hrs dropping 15tons of High Explosives most landing on the airfield but some do fall around the site 9 raiders were shot down one of the raiding bombers crash lands on the airfield the airfield is forced to close at night and have single aircraft taking off and landing at day-light due to the damage to buildings fires and damage to runways; Raid on the Thames Estuary sees 12 out of 100 raiders shot down between 15:50-16:45; Two women are killed in the Victoria area of the town by a stray bomb during a raid on the Thames Estuary by 60 aircraft at 19:00hrs with one being shot down.
August 1940: Claims made by Nazi war mongers that RAF Rochford had been obliterated. By an air raid what was left was a mass of smoking burning ruins"; raid by 21 He111's "stick raid" from shore-end of the pier to airfield.
August 1940: Air
November 1940: Dornier crash lands on airfield.
Late 1940: Block of flats suffers direct hit.
Sunday 19th January 1941: Five-hundred incendiaries dropped on Southend, Westcliff, Chalkwell, & Leigh after German bombers are forced to turn back from an attack on London by heavy Ack-Ack fire & increased patrols by night fighters, the town was hit after the Nazi bombers failed to locate the airfield & Estuary Bombed by delayed action bombs & landmines dropped on Thorpe Bay.
"Tuesday" February 1941: Southend Pier Railway station hit bomb coaches destroyed & damaged.
"Sunday" March 1941: Lone Dive-bomber hits
Saturday 19th April 1941: Para-mine dropped on Vardon Drive 18 bungalows destroyed 175 damaged; 500 Incendiaries dropped on Leigh 9 houses destroyed 350 damaged 3 people killed;
November 1941: Shipping attacked in Estuary three boats damaged.
November 1941: Large Para-mine dropped on Colemans Avenue Prittlewell destroying most of the street 760 other buildings damaged 1 killed 30 injured.
Wednesday 3rd - Thursday
March 1943: RAF Rochford dive-bombed.
October 1943: 1 Killed in Artillery Accident after shell fails to explode at altitude during rail falling and exploding on Hall Cottage.
November 1943: 3 Killed in Artillery accident after shell falls short and hits house during Air Raid
Friday 4th February 1944:
"One night" March 1944: 3000 Incendiary dropped, & two containers of 1000+ found in Southend Shoeburry area.
"One night" March 1944: War Department offices in Shoeburry bombed 7 buildings damaged by fire 1300 incendiary's collected.
August 1944:V1 kills 8 in Southend.
October 1944: V2 rocket falls 60 yards west of the pier.
December 1944: V1 Hits Eastwood 200 homes damaged.
Date Unknown: V2 rocket scores direct hit on the pier pavilion passing through the roof then the floor before embedding its self in the mud below with out exploding.