As in the First World War, the industries along the River Tees played a central part in the area’s contribution to the war effort, with locally produced iron and steel being used to make military weapons and ammunition – this also made the area a target for air raid attacks.
Firms including Dorman Long and Cargo Fleet helped produce munitions and structures used by the armed forces, whilst the shipyards on the river helped build and repair vessels used in the conflict.
As a major port and manufacturing centre, Teesside was subject to dozens of air raids during the Second World War, with the chemical, iron, steel and shipbuilding industries all targeted by the Luftwaffe.
Dent’s Wharf was one of the areas that endured bombing during the conflict. One such instance, in the early hours of 3 May 1941, bombs rained down from the skies over Dent’s Wharf during an air raid. One of the bombs caused a fire on the wharf and another exploded on a warehouse causing a very large fire but without any casualties.