Tomorrow marks the 80th anniversary of a wartime air-raid on York. No, not the Baedeker Raid of April 29, 1942, in which 79 people lost their lives and thousands of homes were destroyed or damaged

The raid that happened 80 years ago tomorrow was smaller: one of the other ten air raids that York endured through six long years of war. But it was bad enough.

It was the seventh air raid on the city. Incendiary firebombs were dropped in a line from the former sugar beet factory on Boroughbridge Road all the way to the former North Riding mental hospital off Shipton Road. The incendiaries were put out by York's Civil Defence force - their job was made easier because many bombs fell into the River Ouse.

A two-year collaborative project, 'Raids Over York', is aiming to chart all of the wartime air raids on the city. Part of that involves documenting the lives of the 2,554 ordinary York people who served as air raid wardens, medical orderlies and firewatchers with the city's Civil Defence team.

"They finished their daytime jobs and duties, then donned their Civil Defence service helmets or grabbed their medical kits and headed out on duty, often until the early hours and regardless of how bad the weather was, " says Dr Duncan Marks of York Civic Trust, which is leading the project.

As part of the research, archivists at Explore York have unearthed some photos of Civil Defence volunteers. But they don't know who the people in the photos are. "We know it’s a longshot, but we would really like to hear from anyone who might recognise any of them!" said Catriona Cannon of York Explore.

If you recognise anyone in these photos, contact the Raids Over York Team by emailing