Service to be held to mark 75th anniversary of the Baedeker Raids
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People are invited to attend a service to mark the 75th anniversary of the Baedeker Raids on Norwich during the Second World War.
The service will take place at the Baedeker Gardens in Earlham Cemetery at 10.30am on Saturday, April 29. It will be conducted by Rev Robert Avery and supported by the Lord Mayor of Norwich and the Norfolk & Norwich Combined Ex-services Association.
The Baedeker Raids were named after the tourist guide to Britain which the Germans reputedly used to choose their target cities for the raids.
On Monday, April 27, 1942, for more than two hours, the Luftwaffe pounded Norwich. Official records say 162 people were killed and nearly 600 others badly hurt. At almost the same time the following Wednesday the bombers returned and, according to official figures, 69 people died and nearly 90 were badly injured. A smaller raid also took place on the Thursday. Norwich's main landmarks survived, but much of the city was changed forever.