8 September 2010

Sunday 8th Sept: most intense aerial bombardment yet... hundreds if not more bombs...

Very mild, rain in morning, cloudy day. Raid warning from 12.30 to 1.28 p.m. Walk on Cannon Hill Common in evening, had only just got back when the sirens went at 8.0 p.m. There followed the most intense aerial bombardment yet. Hundreds if not more bombs were dropped, some came whistling down quite near. The guns on the fields blazed away as never before. Many fires were started and at one time the whole sky was red. Afraid much damage and loss of life must have occurred. There was scarcely a time when there was not the sound of many enemy aircraft. It rained during the raid, and some thunder and lightning. The all clear came at 5.35 a.m. on the 9th, Mon.
On this day: Vera Brittain wrote: 'lay in shelter most of night with pillow over my head'.

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