12 March 2011

Tuesday 11th March 1941: new loco... Lend-Lease law

Warning from 2.42 to 3.4 a.m. Heavy bomber came from S.E. to a point overhead then turned and went due west just after the all clear. From 3.27 to 3.42 a.m.
Raw cold, bitter E. wind. Mr Ward finished decorating the best room. To Wimbledon along rail path saw Atlantic loco. First photographs in the papers of the new Southern Railway's streamlined Pacific type loco - the Mercantile Marine Class. Bought fish for cats. Warning from 6.25 to 6.36 p.m. Night raid at 8.28 p.m. Many machines but no bombs about here. The raid was on S.E.England and the Midlands. One bomber got a terrific burst of 18 shells: it turned & went back - hope it was hit. All clear at 12.25 a.m. on 12 Wed.
On this day: President Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Bill - so Britain can continue to order US materials without having to pay for them until after the war - although in fact British war production continues for a time to be greater than that of the US - Pearl Harbor will be a watershed - and Britain has to pay cash for as long at it can. (Also in USA, the airline Western Air Express, changes title to Western Airlines.)

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