20 November 2010

Wednesday 13th November 1940:

Rather cold, very dull. Warnings from 11.0 to 11.50 a.m., 1.26 to 2.55 p.m., slight gunfire. Alan Spooner called. Chas called. From 3.20 to 4.3 p.m. To see where last night's bombs fell. - on Dundonald ward. A crater 20ft deep in Avebury Road. Two houses demolished in Rayleigh Road, also others in Fairlawn Rd., Merton Hall Rd.. Night warning at 6.15 but deluge of rain and inky blackness & a hurricane of wind was too much for the Germans. A drone of engines & distant gunfire early on was all that happened. All clear at 9.40 p.m.
On this day: Japan and Dutch East Indies reach agreement on imports of oil to Japan. Molotov, Soviet Foreign Minister, is in Berlin negotiating uneasily with Germany on their and Italy's spheres of influence.
'Pilot and second pilot' from Bomber Command, HMSO 1941

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