FIRE, flooding and general destruction was a daily reality for Ealing residents during the German bombing campaigns of the Second World War.

Our picture from September 1940 shows a group of flat-capped residents digging through the rubble next to a massive water-filled bomb crater in Mount Park Road, Ealing.

On the far left of the photo is a tin-hatted ARP warden, and the blast damage from the explosion can be clearly seen in the blown-out windows of the house and the missing roof tiles.

Precautions in place at the time meant photographs had to be passed before publication by the Press Censorship Bureau, and a stamp on the back reveals this one was signed off by the censors on September 10 for use in the Middlesex County Times and the West Middlesex Gazette.