The names of 48 firefighters killed during the Plymouth Blitz 80 years ago have been listed together on a memorial plaque for the first time.
The 45 men and three women lost their lives trying to fight flames which engulfed the city when it was heavily bombarded by the German Luftwaffe.
The World War Two ‘Red Plaque’ was unveiled at Greenbank Fire Station on Sunday.
It would honour the “courage and sacrifice involved”, fire chiefs said.
The Plymouth ‘Blitz 80’ initiative to identify the names of all 48 victims had involved almost three years of detailed research, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.
The plaque will be placed permanently at Plymouth Fire Station in a larger event to be held once lockdown restrictions are eased.
Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: “It’s hard to comprehend the horrific scenes these firefighters would have faced. What is clear though is that these were courageous and selfless acts, which we are still rightfully recognising 80 years on, and will continue to remember long into the future.”
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