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20 November 2010

Tuesday 12th November 1940: swish & rumble

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Rather cold, dull, very high wind. Warnings from 11.29 a.m. to 12.15 p.m., 3.40 to 3.47 p.m.. Out to do the cats chopping. I feed Fluffy every evening. Night raid at 6.38 p.m. A fair number of machines in the first two hours, and a not noticeable increase in gunfire. Five bombs fell making a very loud swishing noise; they shhok the ground violently but made little noise save a dull rumble: shall hear where they fell, I expect. All clear at 7.35 a.m. on - (Note: Fred, by this date, simply uses the time of the all-clear at the end of each overnight, often night-long, raid to introduce the date of the next day's entry.)
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On this day: last night (11 Nov) a force of Italian bombers, protected by biplanes, attacked Harwich. The RAF shot down six with no British aircraft lost. Meanwhile, British ships are attacking Taranto, an Italian base in the Mediterranean. 21 Swordfish aircraft torpedo the new battleship Littoria and other vessels. Of the aircraft, from the carrier HMS Illustrious, two are lost.
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