London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 69 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
19 November 2010
Saturday 9th November 1940: fed Fluffy... two bombs
'Germans simply can't hit the railway. Local battery opened fire also the Lewis guns but marksmanship was rotten as usual...'
Rather cold, dull, some rain. Warnings from 2.2 to 4.30 p.m. (Unusually Fred corrects his entry here - it did read 2.30 to 4.40 - I feel he must have made notes elsewhere and then transcribed them to his diary.) Followed by raid without warning by medium, twin-engined bomber with twin rudders: have never seen a German machine lower. Came between the rows of houses toward railway; turned left and dropped two bombs - meant for station I expect, but they dropped in Aston Rd. with little damage except to scatter earth over the road. The Germans simply can't hit the railway. Local battery opened fire also the Lewis guns but marksmanship was rotten as usual. To feed Fluffy, Uncle Joe was home. Warning from 4.55 to 5.30 p.m. Night raid at 5.55 p.m. Few machines and all clear at 9.40 p.m. . 2011 reader's memory of same incident at 31 March 2011 .in-2011.html