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The missing casualty of the Luftwaffe bombing of Jersey
Jersey Occupation
It's thought Mrs Powell died during the bombing

A UK historian is trying to find more about a woman and her children who could have been killed during the German air raid on Jersey.

Alan Blackmore is looking into the life of a soldier called Ivor Powell.

Jersey has been marking the 70th anniversary of the bombing of St Helier by the Luftwaffe, when dozens of civilians were killed.

Soon after a story in a newspaper in Clevedon wrote of a lady called Mrs Powell being one of those victims.

The air raid on St Helier harbour and La Rocque heralded the start of the German military occupation of the island, which lasted five years.

It was previously thought that nine people had lost their lives in the bombing on 28 June 1940 and many others were injured.

Luftwaffe (British Pathe)
The Luftwaffe bombed St Helier on 28 June 1940

The front page story in the Somerset newspaper described Mrs Powell as the wife of a Clevedon man called Ivor Powell.

He had been living in Jersey before the war, but left with other soldiers before the occupation began. His wife stayed.

The interesting thing is that the Jersey authorities didn't report anyone of that name killed in the attack - even though the paper also claimed that her three children had been killed too.

Now Clevedon historian Alan Blackmore is trying to find out more about the Powells, and what happened to them.

When Germany carried out the air raid, they were unaware that Jersey had been left undefended.

A decision to leave Jersey without troops and military equipment was made on 17 June 1940.

Ships were sent to evacuate anyone who wished to leave.

More than 23,000 islanders registered to leave, but only 6,500 actually left.


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