Woodside First Aid Post Disaster

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Date: 6 May 1941 to 6 May 1941
Location: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdommap
Surname/tag: Paisley, World War 2
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Woodside First Aid Post Disaster, Paisley, Renfrewshire

Hundreds of Luftwaffe bombers attacked the town of Greenock on the River Clyde on the nights of 5th, 6th and 7th May 1941. The bombers were attacked by fighters from 141 Squadron, based at Ayr Airfield. This scattered the formations of the bombers, causing some to dump their bombs at random.

In the early hours of the morning of 6th May, the bombers were intercepted by fighters, taking their flight path over Paisley. At around 2 a.m. two large parachute landmines were released from a Heinkel-111 bomber.

The Woodside First Aid Post was at that time treating a number of people injured when a tenement in West Campbell Street had been hit earlier.[1] The First Aid Post itself was then struck by a direct hit from one of the parachute mines, killing 92 people. Only 6 survived. Two auxiliary firemen were killed when the other mine fell on Newton Street.[2]

Due to wartime reporting restrictions, a newspaper article that morning stated only that "A first aid post where casualties were being treated after a tenement had been struck in a central Scottish town was itself hit by a high explosive bomb." [3]

In memory of:


  1. Buddies' War 1939 - 1945 by James Meikle Smith
  2. Paisley Online - History: Woodside First Aid Post
  3. Daily Record - Tuesday 06 May 1941 British Newspaper Archive


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