20 August 2010

Thursday 8th August 1940

Warm, cloudy, but some moderate sunshine in afternoon. Uncle Will called in morning - a very disgruntled man. Short walk just before tea. In evening to water Dear Mother's grave. Also watered the garden; getting very dry.

On this day: above the New Forest, in southern England, an RAF fighter pilot, James Nicholson, took on a squadron of German aircraft, despite the fact that his own aircraft was in flames. He was posthumously awarded the highest military honour, the Victoria Cross.

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