London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 69 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
24 May 2011
Saturday 10th May 1941: Morden bombed, terrible
. Battersea Paper Mills destroyed - rain of burned paper .
Very cool, chilly N.E. wind, dull. To Wimbledon along line, saw a Brighton 4-4-0 loco. very elegant. Bought cats' provisions. Night raid at 10.55 p.m. A terrible affair, great number of bombers with fighter escorts. Great number of bombs dropped some at Lower Morden. A German fighter machine-gunned the local searchlight. We have now heard that 33 machines were brought down by our fighters. The Battersea Paper Mills was destroyed and the garden and everywhere is strew with burned paper. The raid was centred on London and damage and casualties are very great: all clear at 5.33 a.m. on 11th Sun. .