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BEHIND THE BOMBING Like all the cities covered in our Blitz feature (In Pictures, September 2015) there’s a reason Coventry was targeted




This 14 November marks the 75th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz. Whilst the articles are always poignant and immensely moving, many fail to outline just why Coventry was thought such a target in 1940.

Coventry could rightly claim to have been an aircraft city in World War I. From 1914-18, the BE2c, RE8, Bristol F2B and Sopwith Pups, Camels and Snipes were all assembled and constructed there. It could also boast one of the largest air acceptance parks in the country – the nine-hangar Air Acceptance Park 1 at Radford Aerodrome. But, more importantly, it was a centre of aero engine and magneto production.

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