21 June 2010

Wednesday 19th June 1940: Jersey evacuated/searchlights

'flickering lights in the sky and the heavy report of a bomb'
Warm, some nice sunshine but very boisterous. Walk along Arterial Road in afternoon. In evening to water Dear Mother's grave, also did some gardening.... At a quarter past midnight this morning I heard the heavy droning of a bomber. Looked out to find searchlights trying to locate what proved to be an enemy aircraft. I saw flickering lights in the sky and then the heavy report of a bomb: a wireless report said this machine was shot down in Kent.

On this day: Jersey Airways completes evacuation of 320 islanders who wished to come to Britain. The airline used five of its fleet of six de Havilland DH-86 transports.

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