10 June 2010

Saturday 8th June 1940

Very warm, grand scorching hot day. 86 in the shade. Flew low wing on the Common; made one grand flight but machine suffered slight damage as a result of striking a war-time defence trench, followed up by a rank bad launch. The garden is lovely to-day, the rose Joan Howarth is beautiful; cream & pink of most exquisite shape.

On this day: British aircraft carrier Glorious and two accompanying destroyers were sunk by German warships Genesenau, Hipper and Scharnhorst. There were 1,561 men aboard the British ships; only 46 men survived.

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