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24 October 2010

Wed 9 to Tues 15 Oct 1940: families killed

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Fred did continue writing his diary every day, despite every night and day being interrupted by air raid warnings. For modern rather than 1940 reasons, these few days are a summary, but in Fred's own words.
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9th Wed: Air battle without warning. Some bombs and fearful bursts of machine gun fire... Saw 20 Spitfires fly over... saw squadron of Hurricanes chasing German bomber. Ron Cooper called in car; brought some damsons from Wilstead. He is just returning to duty on the South Coast after 7 days leave. He works on secret wireless experiments for the Air Ministry.
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10th Thur: ...Ciss to Tolworth to see how Dad is: a bit better (There have been few mentions of Fred's sister, Ciss, or their Dad recently.) 
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11th Fri: ...bombs at Cheam & Sutton. Walk in evening to see the damage. A crater in front of a house at corner of Common Hill Lane, also one on grass verge at Hillier's (? Hilleroso?) Avenue; these were dropped in last night's raid.... The gas is off, so it seems the main in Worple Road is severed once again. Imagine Uncle Henry in Southdown Road had an uncomfortable experience...
[Blog reader Fred Brewer comments:  I suggest this is Hillcross Avenue, a turning off Grand Drive, often mentioned by Fred, which ran along the north side of Morden Park - this park had a complete Messerschmitt 109 on show, and the local youths used to clamber around it, and take a turn in the pilot's seat as well - alternatively, the road could be St. Helier Avenue, not far away, and which also ran to Morden. This was a main road, and a large hospital, St Helier Hospital, stood at the far end.]
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12th Sat: ...six bombs dropped, each one getting nearer, the last one rattling windows and shaking the house, no doubt at Merton or Wimbledon... Walk to buy food for cats: have now to feed Fluffy - Doris's cat, as she has gone into hospital... family of four killed in house in Common Hill Lane, Wimbledon... counted 36 bombs...
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13th Sun: ...two bombs swished down very close. Had to run for the shelter... Great air fight from 3.44 to 4.12 p.m.... Saw Aunt Liza ill in bed and fed Fluffy the cat...
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14th Mon: ...the two bombs heard midday yesterday were at Crown Lane, Morden: five killed at dinner...
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15th Tues: ...Went to 207 Kingston Road to get smoke filters fitted to Ciss and Dad's gas masks: they provided completely new ones... to buy liver for the cats... Saw where the Junkers 88 crashed in Richmond Avenue...
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