Chief Officer Wilfred Brown of Sandown Fire Brigade noted in his diary of 24 April 1941; RED 21:33 White 23:18 - until this alert came along, from 2pm all had been quiet. During the raid incendiary bombs were dropped along the centre of the Island from Dunnose Point into Parkhurst Forest which was set alight.
The 26 April edition of the County Press elaborated further; Thousands of incendiary bombs were showered over a wide area, causing three serious fires. A number of high explosive bombs were afterwards dropped in and near two towns causing some casualties.
The editorial referred to some significant losses from fire before returning to the matter of casualties; Loss of life occurred when a villa in a seaside resort received a direct hit from a high explosive bomb.
There were four occupants in the detached house, which is the residence of Mr and Mrs F.A. Oatley, and the bomb completely demolished the rear portion of it. Those at home at the time were Mrs Oatley, Mrs Kings (her mother, aged 86), Mr Everett Oatley and and Mr Edward Riddell (an adopted son). When the rescue party arrived they soon found Mrs Kings, who was crouched down by a table, and she was extricated from the debris. It, however, took about an hour to get Mrs Oatley out, as she was pinned down by a sideboard. Both were taken to hospital suffering from slight injuries.
The fact that they were rescued so quickly reflects great credit on the members of the rescue party, who did not hesitate in entering the ruins, which might have collapsed at any moment. At the time the bomb fell two A.R.P. wardens, Messrs. M. Brinton and Cowburn, who were near at hand, immediately dashed to the back of the house, and as nothing has been seen or heard of them since it is feared that they probably fell into the bomb crater and were buried by the collapsing walls.
The rescue party, members of the first-aid party, wardens, and others worked throughout the night in an endeavour to find the two buried youths and the two missing wardens. After about three hours they succeeded in finding Everett Oatley, but he was dead. Yesterday (Friday) morning they were still excavating in and around the bomb crater in search of Edward Riddell and the two wardens.