4 September 2010

Wednesday 4th September 1940: searchlights and shells

Warm, gloriously sunny day; even the boisterous wind felt warm. Air raid warning from 9.20 to 9.50 a.m. also from 1.25 to 1.50 p.m. Only our own fighters in evidence. Cycled along Grand Drive, Garth Road, along London Rd to Morden Sta, returning via Dorset Road. Warning from 9.5 to 10-45 p.m. Two enemy planes in searchlights over E. London under intense anti-aircraft fire, some shells bursting very close: don't know if they were shot down. Four enemy planes passed over London after the ll clear sounded, some of them under fire.    
On this day: Vera Brittain records, 'spent night in basement; persuaded Mother to have it strengthened...'

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