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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
Isle Of Wight
Second World War - civilians
Not lost
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Current location

Francki Place
Cross Street
Isle Of Wight
PO31 7TA

OS Grid Ref: SZ 49603 95942
Denomination: Undefined

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Rectangular brass plaque mounted on a wooden backboard and affixed to metal gates in Franki Place. The inscription is topped by a crest of the ORP Blyskawica.
BLITZ ON COWES/ 4TH / 5TH MAY 1942/ This is to commemorate the tragic loss/ of life sustained on the evening of/ 4th / 5th May 1942 during an enemy/ aerial attack by the Luftwaffe./ Some seventy souls lost their lives as/ a result of the raids on the shipyards/ in Cowes and East Cowes./ The defense of the towns by the Polish destroyer ORP Blyskawica/ throughout the night with the valiant/ assistance of shoreshide fire and rescue/ services was instrumental in/ preventing a greater tragedy./ The loss to this community and the/ sacrifices afforded at that time will/ remain with us./ IN MEMORIUM 4th MAY 2007/ THE FRIENDS OF/ THE ORP BLYSKAWICA SOCIETY/ This plaque unveiled by/ H. E. Ms Barbara Tuge-Erecinska/ Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the/ Republic of Poland to the United Kingdom of Great Britain/ and Northern Ireland
Inscription legible?
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
Listing information
Trust fund/Scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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