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6 September 2010

Friday 6th September 1940: fierce air battle

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(With air raid warnings punctuating the night, Fred links some days' entries.)
...Continued until 4-45 am on the 6th Sept. Thence from 5.30 to 5.55 a.m. At 8.30 till 10.00 a.m. 6th Sept (contd.) fierce air battle overhead. ; sounds of bombs or gunfire and some say a bomber is down.
   Fine warm day, but sunshine less intense. Warning from 12.55 till 1.58 p.m. Also from 6.0 to 6.40 p.m. From (added here at foot of page:) Dorothy called: nice girl! 9.0 to 11.20 p.m., three magnesium parachute flares in E. and one in N. Warning from 11.35 till 1.5 a.m. on 7 Sat. Several distant bombs and one loud one S. London I imagine. This bomb did great damage at Elephant & Castle.
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On this day:

  • Vera Brittain's diary records the lack of sleep (in London) due to raids very hard to bear - and Fred's diary shows unusual signs of slight weariness in writing, most unlike his usual careful entries.
  • Rumanian King, Carol II, abdicates in favour of Michael, his son. General Ion Antonescu becomes dictator, and he declares the Nazi Iron Guard  the only legal party.

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