Being the home of the Spitfire, Southampton was a target for German bombers. The first bomb fell on 19th June 1940 and the last, a Doodlebug, on 15th July 1944. 2,631 high explosive bombs and 30, 652 incendiary bombs were recorded. There were about 60 raids killing 631.
There is a memorial seat to these events in Hollybrook Cemetery made out of town rubble.
Southampton lost 12.5% of its housing stock – more than any other city in the U.K. There were 3, 589 buildings destroyed and about 40, 000 damaged. The worst bombing was on the night of 30 November/1 December 1940.