The frightening wail of the siren sent people scurrying like ants to garden shelters, often in vain.
The old cathedral held no more sermons. God did not protect his shrine as it was reduced to rubble. Altogether 1,824 people died in Coventry's night of horror.
The view could be seen from the Black Mountains in Wales like an awful giant bonfire. The Devil laughed heartily and all Angels wept.