Saturday, 18 January 2020

12th May 1941 The Maynard at War

Requisitioned by the RAF after The Weston Hotel was bombed

Men of No 10 Initial Training Wing RAF, Scarborough
In the early morning of 10th May 1941 six bombs landed in Esplanade Gardens, two struck The Weston and The Waldorf hotels. The Weston suffered considerable structural damage with six casualties, one of whom, AC2 WH Stoate died. It had been home to No 4 Squadron of the RAF’s No 11 Initial Training Wing. The men were temporarily moved to The Grand where No 10 ITW were based (the image is of young men of No 10 ITW RAF, many just teenagers or in their early twenties including Leslie Hadder, whose nephew found this photograph, of a later squad)
Two days later a RAF officer from York set out to find fresh accommodation, this is the entry from the Operations Record Book,
12.5.41 to 14.5.41  In order to find accommodation in place of the Weston Hotel, No’s 15 & 16 Esplanade Gardens were inspected by S/Ldr Raymond Barker and Mr Frampton of Air Ministry Works Directorate, York, and application was made to Headquarters Flying Training Command for urgent requisition.

No 15 was The Derwent Hotel and 16 is The Maynard. Very possible the hidden doors mentioned in The Derwent post (19 Dec 2019) linking The Derwent and The Maynard were put in at this date.