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29 August 2010

Wednesday 28th August 1940: Germans met no resistance, says Fred

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Warning at 12-45 a.m. for 1/2 an hour. Heard heavy detonations after all-clear had been sounded. Very mild, some pleasant sun of the moderate sort. Having deepened the floor of the shelter have now had to lower the seats. Walk along rail path in evening. No sooner got back than the sirens sounded at 8-50 p.m. and was in operation till 4.-5 a.m. on 29 Thur. during which time a continuous procession of German bombers droned their way past here.  Bombs fell in N. and N.W. direction also some fairly near in S.W. (This was at Ewell). Glow of a fire in the sky in the North. The Germans met with no opposition except searchlights which failed to find any of them. Oh, yesterday I cut two marrows in the garden, each weighing 8 1/2 lbs. - The fire referred to above was a row of houses at Cricklewood.
(Note: the brackets etc above all all Fred's original.)
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On this day: despite Fred's perception, the Germans lost 30 aircraft and the RAF 20. Liverpool suffered 4 German raids. Vera Brittain records a bomb whistling past her bathroom. And Italy saw first flight of Captoni-Campani turbine-powered piston-engined  aircraft.
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