15 September 2010

Sunday 15th September 1940: "Great battle over London"

"...they are smashing London up."
Warnings from 1.0 a.m. to 3.30 a.m. From 11.45 a.m. to 12.55 p.m. Great battle over London. Buckingham Palace bombed again. German raider down at Victoria Station. German in flames over Wimbledon Common: the crew baled out. Saw two Nazis coming down by parachute. From 2.15 to 3.20 p.m. Battle over Croydon. From 7.15 to 7.40 p.m.  Walk on Common in evening: heard 3 delayed bombs. The usual London raid began at 8.10 p.m.: a serious business. Many bombs dropped, these sounded quite near. Shrapnel falling and whistling all around. Seems impossible to stop these night bombers: they are smashing London up. All clear at 5.30 a.m. on Mon. The three bombs nearby were in  Morden Road; three were killed. The delayed bomb dropped beside St Paul's Cathedral weighed a ton. It was dug up and conveyed to a safe spot where it was exploded; it made a crater 100 ft across.

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