Rather warm, dull, boisterous, rain at night. Ten more delayed bombs to-day. They are being exploded, and we knew a 1,000lb one was to be fired at Merton at 6 p.m., we heard it at 6.20. They are dug down to and raised and an explosive charge put underneath; the people are cleared from round about and then they are fired. I admire the pluck of the men who do the job as they are likely to go off at any moment. Apparently there is a slow chemical process in the bomb which delays the action. These bombs were dropped last Friday. Have heard of bombs dropped elsewhere which have taken a fortnight to go off. Mr.Marriot's two sons are killed. Harold and Eddy called at night. Took down the other pedal of cycle, cleaned bearings also the crank case bearings: getting the old bike up to concert pitch now.
On this day: Uncle Fred admired the 'pluck' of bomb disposal teams (above), meanwhile it was on this day that Churchill, speaking in the House of Commons, said of RAF pilots: