11 December 2010

Thursday 14th November 1940: full moon on Coventry - 554 killed

Cold, dull, marvellous full moon and frost at night. Untimed warning during morning. Also from 1.20 to 153 p.m. Bought liver for the cats. Alan Spooner called. Night raid began at 6.15 p.m. when plane dropped bomb very near, but siren was not sounded till 7 p.m. A fair number of enemy aircraft came but at long intervals apart but they kept it up. This district was not on their bombing list to-night so it seems: which is a change. All clear at 6.20 a.m. on... (15 Fri)

On this day: 449 German bombers attacked Coventry, killing 554 people and injuring 865. Some 30,000 incendiaries plus 500 tons of high explosives were dropped. The 14th century cathedral of St Michael's (above/Wiki) was destroyed. The raid was in retaliation for the RAF raid of 8 November on Munich. Uncle Fred would not have know that the Coventry raid was the probable reason for the different, lighter, pattern of the night-time raid for south-west London. General Albert Kesselring (below/Wiki) personally led the German raid.

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