|Commander K. at Guards Chapel, London|
The only part of the Chapel NOT destroyed on June 18, 1944
The Guards Chapel in London is easily visited today. It is just across from St. James Park near the St James Park Tube station. The Guards Museum which tells the full story of the five Guards regiments that guard the Royal family (http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/guards-museum-london.html) is just across the way.
I will allow Rick Atkinson to tell what happened to the Guards Chapel in World War II. The Germans referred to London as "Target 42" at the time...
|Guards Chapel, Floor Memorial|
|British Army Campaign Colours, Guards Chapel|
Then they heard nothing--that most terrifying of all sounds--as the engine quit, the bunghole winked out, and the black cruciform fell. Through the Chapel's reinforced concrete roof it plummeted before detonating in a white blast that blew out walls, blew down support pillars, and stripped leaves from St James's plane trees. A funnel o smoke curled fifteen hundred feet above the wrecked nave; rubble ten feet deep buried the pews even as six candles still guttered on the altar and the bishop stood unharmed. One hundred and twenty-one others were dead and many more injured. Two thousand memorial plaques accumulated by Guards regiments during eons of war lay pulverised, although a mosaic donated by Queen Victoria remained intact: 'Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life.'
|Guards Band, Wellington Barracks, London|
That afternoon he motored to Bushy Park and asked Eisenhower to redouble efforts against the flying bomb." (Source: The Guns at Last Light, Rick Atkinson, 2013 www.amzn.com/0805062904).
|V-1 Rockets, Flying Heritage Collection (Everett, WA)|
A visitor to the Guards Chapel today can see why the Bishop of Maidstone survived as the apse of the Chapel (see photo at top) where he was standing, is the only part of the original structure of the Royal Military Chapel that remains from its dedication in 1838.
Travel notes: The Guards Chapel is a five minute walk from the St James Park Tube station on the District and Circle line. The Chapel is open to the public for services every Sunday at 11:00am. Here is their web site...http://www.army.mod.uk/chaplains/23369.aspx
|Buckingham Arms, London|