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24 August 2010

Monday 19th August 1940

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"I cannot see how smashing people's houses and shops will win the war for Germany."
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Rather warm, mostly dull but not unpleasant. The bomb that went off at ten to midnight last night was the one at Merton level crossing; a row of old property was destroyed and the railway damaged. Went to see the damage at Merton some of which was considerable. I cannot see how smashing people's houses and shops will win the war for Germany. In evening to see Uncle Alf and Aunt Hannah & thence to see damage in Linkway and West Barnes. One bomb in the concrete in Linkway heaved the road up in great blocks, yet not a window was broken  or a house scratched. Two more delayed bombs went off this evening. --- Oh, Alan Spooner called to say he had seen a damaged German aeroplane go along the road on a lorry.
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On this day: first flight of prototype of North American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber.
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