19 November 2010

Sunday 10th November 1940: the ground danced

Rather cold, very dull, rain. Raid continued at 3.50 a.m. Four machines came, heard four bombs probably on Wimbledon. Gunfire was wider of the mark than ever: many shots must have been 4 or 5 miles out: all clear at 7.9 a.m. Short walk round the houses: had close view of where bombs dropped in Aston Road. Night raid at 6.15 p.m. but no warning till 6.32. Very severe raid till midnight. Counted over 50 bombs all within a mile or two. Mr. Frayne said houses were down in Whatley Av. Five bombs whistled down very near; the ground danced beneath one, seemed only a few gardens away bit have not found out yet where they are. All clear at 5.4 a.m. on 11 Mon.

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