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11 September 2010

Wednesday 11th Sept 1940: "The nightly attack on London at 8.38pm"

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"It was indiscriminate bombing of non-military places"
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11th Wed (con.) Mild, some autumn sunshine, chilly N.wind. Raid warnings as follows; from 11.55 a.m. to 12.10 p.m. from 3.23 to 4.43 p,m. many bombs dropped in a S.W. or W. direction. From 5.5 to 5.25 p.m. Then the nightly attack on London at 8.38 p.m. The gun barrage was terrific and the Germans were subjected to real opposition, may being held off. Some got through & started fires as usual. It was indiscriminate bombing of non-military places. Our local guns (4) made a dreadful din, but I like to hear it all the same. The all clear came at 5.38 a.m. on Thur.12th.
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"Our local guns (4) made a dreadful din, but I like to hear it all the same"


Link to photo of incident map of bombs falling in Wimbledon. Note the line of incendiaries parallel to a railway line. Uncle Fred's home in Chestnut Road, Raynes Park is towards the eastern end of that set of 12 or so north-south parallel roads ('The Apostles') at the foot of the map:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarflondondunc/1825914314/lightbox/.
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