22 July 2014

22nd July 1944: ARP warden killed at Wimbledon rest centre; Shaldon Drive houses destroyed; no rest from flying-bomb attacks

22 Sat.  All clear 6.45 a.m. Also at 7.30 a.m. one in SE, one near in E, one E, all clear 9.50 a.m. From 10.20 a.m. one near in E, one near in SE, two very distant E, one very distant NE, all clear 11.47 a.m. From 1.22 to 1.28 p.m. one very distant SE. To Wimbledon to buy a few things. Warning from 3.17 to 3.55 p.m. one distant in SE. From 4.45 to 5.15 p.m. no incident. From 6.33 to 6.55 p.m. one right through to N. From 9.5 to 10.15 p.m. one in E, one distant in E. The flying bomb which turned a circle yesterday destroyed an A.R.P. rest centre at Wimbledon Park, killing a warden.

Warning at 10.38 p.m. One NE over London, one right overhead and through to N, one distant SE, one SE, one overhead and to NW probably down on Common extension, one SE, one exploded SE after a long glide, near enough to hear the swish, one near N probably on the Common: two SW, one S, one distant in S, one in S, one, a long glide in west, one very near in SW heard it scream down after the engine stopped; this devastated Elm Walk, also another near in SW, this was in Shaldon Drive which I saw later, a number of houses destroyed. One more in S, all clear at 7.45 a.m. on 23 Sun.

21 July 2014

21st July 1944: six killed in Wilton Crescent, Merton

21 Fri. Very mild, but very rough indeed, some hazy sunshine but mostly cloudy. Did the Friday morning shopping and sent a parcel of rhubarb to Aunt Nellie. From 7.38 a.m. one distant in N, one in SE, one in E, one NE, one in N, two in SE, one in S, two more S, one S, two S, one SE, one distant SE, one in S, one NE, all clear at 10.0 a.m.

From 10.15 a.m. one power-dived near in E, one in SE, one E, all clear at 10.45 a.m. From 11.0 to 11.10 a.m. one in S. From 11.20 a.m. one SE, one SE, two distant in S, one right overhead and to N. did not hear it go off, one probably at Wandsworth, one probably Tooting, one in E, one very near in S. some say Grand Drive other in the Cemetery.

One SW about Worcester Park. Two that I heard when in Davis’ shop, slammed the door, one near in E, it turned a complete circle before diving, one in SW, one distant in E, all clear at 2.26 p.m. From 2.30 to 2.40 p.m. one in E, one distant in E. From 3.30 to 3.43 p.m. one distant in S. From 4.43 to 4.47 p.m. saw one flying very low, went right through to N, did not hear it go off. From 5.27 to 5.30 p.m. one power-dived about St Helier to S.

From 7.10 to 7.20 p.m. one over London. From 7.55 to 8.10 p.m. one in SE. From 8.24 to 8.28 p.m. one in SE. From 8.50 to 9.17 p.m. one distant in S. From 9.36 to 10.5 p.m. one very distant in E. Night warning from 10.33 p.m. one distant in E, one through to N, two in SE, one in N, one SE, one S, one came very near and after the engine stopped it gave four spurts of power and then dived with a shattering roar. It fell and destroyed many houses in Wilton Crescent, six people were killed: I saw the wreckage later. One distant in S, there appeared to be a fire London-wards. Two more bombs fell very near, one distant in S, one distant in SE. All clear 6.45 a.m. Sat 22.

20 July 2014

20th July 1944: friend killed

20 Thur. Between very mild and rather warm, very rough but some hazy sunshine. Did some shopping in morning and afternoon and saw where the bomb came down in Nursery Road. From 6.37 a.m. one distant SE, three SE, all clear 6.55 a.m. From 8.19 a.m. three over London, all clear 8.39 a.m. From 9.30 a.m. one in E, one distant SE, one near in E, one distant in N, one E, one very distant in E, one distant E. I waited hours for the all clear and as no more flying bombs came I played the organ so did not hear the all clear. In evening, Alf’s Lily called to say that Jack Garrod had been reported killed on active service in the far E.

Warning at 11.15p.m. one distant in S, two distant in SE, one SE, two fairly distant in N, three distant in SE, one SE, one in S, one in E, one SE, one SW, one right through to N, one in SW, one in S, one glided from S to explode fairly near, one very long glide to explode S, one distant in S, one in S, one very near in E, one distant in E, two in S, one near in the W, one to northward, two in the S, four more in the S, six more in the S, one in SE all clear at 7.7 a.m. on 21 Fri.

19 July 2014

19th July 1944: one dozen alerts... explosions...

"One exploded violently fairly near... after a very long silent glide"

19 Wed. Rather warm, some pleasant sunshine. Did all the shopping including cycling to Morden during a warning. From 6.7 to 6.25 a.m. no incident. From 7.40 to 8.4 a.m. one distant E, one fairly near in E, one about Wimbledon Prk. From 8.35 to 8.46 a.m. two in SE. From 9.15 a.m. one distant in SE, another distant SE, one NE, all clear 9.37 a.m.

From 10.10 a.m. one in E, one at Coombe Warren, one SE, one S, one distant SW, one SE, two distant in S, all clear at 1.4 p.m. From 1.20 to 2.14 p.m. no incident. From 2.30 to 2.55 p.m. one distant in E. From 3.30 to 3.40 p.m. no incident. From 5.32 to 5.40 pm. one in SE. From 6.20 to 6.40 p.m. no incident. From 7.35 to 7.44 p.m. no incident. From 11.36 p.m. one distant SE, one SE, one came right overhead making a terrible din but went right through to N to explode distantly. Two more went right over to N to explode nearer. One SE, two SE. One exploded violently fairly near in SW after a very long silent glide: one very distant SE, one glided to NE to explode: two in the S. all clear 5.35 a.m. on 20 Thurs.

18 July 2014

18th July 1944: Mitcham paint works on fire

18 Tues. Rather warm, some nice sunny periods. Warning from 1.10 a.m. to 5.58 a.m. Two bombs near in S direction. One in S. From 6.7 to 6.30 a.m. Two in SE, one distant SE, one very distant SE. From 7.35 to 8.10 a.m. one distant SE and two E. From 3.20 to 3.26 p.m. no incident. From 4.25 to 4.36 p.m. one in E. From 5.40 to 5.55 p.m. no incident. From 6.12 to 6.32 p.m. no incident. From 7.38 to 7.50 p.m. no incident. From 8.25 to 8.43 p.m. one in SE. From 10.4 p.m. one very near in E. went to see if Mrs. Child was all right in Chatsworth Av: quite all right it is beyond them; shall hear where it was soon: also two in S. all clear 10.35 p.m. Warning at 10.45 p.m. all clear at 11.10 p.m. no incident. The bomb that fell near in the 10.4 to 10.35 p.m. raid was at Nursery Rd. Morden. Another bomb set a paint works on fire at Mitcham. Warning at 11.25 p.m. one near in the E, one SE, one E, one S, one E one S, one right through to N: did not hear it come down: another through to NW, 2 SE, one NM, one distant SE, one distant E, all clear at 6.0 a.m. on 19 Wed.

17 July 2014

17th July 1944: bombs and a break... and sermons!

17 Mon. Warm, fine sunny day. Warning at 4.32 a.m: four bombs in the S. one fairly near, one distant S. one S. fairly near, one very distant SE, one E and one N. all clear 5.48 a.m. From 6.25 to 6.36 a.m. no incident. From 7.37 a.m. Two distant SE, two SE, and one distant S, all clear 8.20 a.m. From 10.40 to 10.50 a.m. one NE. The R.A.F. have been bombing the “ways” from which the flying bombs are launched and we have had peace since 10.50 a.m. Cycled to Morden and Merton also went to see dear Mother’s grave. Called on Mrs. Child to get the addresses of Audrey, John, and Peter who have been evacuated to Nottingham while the raids last. She called here with the addresses written out also dear Jenefer to whom I gave some sprays off the pop-tree for her to play with: gave Mrs. Child a bunch of flowers from the garden. A bomb this morning fell at Rowensbury Rd. between Morden and Mitcham. Wrote letter to Uncle Tom. Received parcel of Dr Winsdale Young’s sermons from Mr. Tout.