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22 August 2011

Friday 1 August 1941: 11 bombs on Tolworth shops

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Mild, very dull; calm morning, rough at night: slight rain. Miss Dickson did some cleaning in the morning. I did quite a lot of shopping. Did some weeding in the garden. Alan Spooner called to tell me that he flew his large model successfully this afternoon. Ciss went to Tolworth and was surprised to hear what happened there during last Monday morning's raid. A very large four-engined was hit on the bomb-rack by a shell from the Chessington guns. Eleven bombs came down in a bunch near the Red Lion, Tolworth, causing severe damage. Ten people were killed and forty injured. Alb, Lily and Dad heard the plane come swishing down: it was destroyed and all the crew were killed. It is strange that Tolworth is only four miles away yet this is the first we have heard of this affair.
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2 comments:

  1. Fred often mentions four engined German bombers. Of course he was mistaken, there were none. I wonder if it was a popular misconception? Maybe people saw outbound Short Stirling RAF bombers and believed them to be Luftwaffe.

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  2. Interesting thought... on 3rd March 1942 he wrote, "Saw huge four-engined bomber from east to west at dusk. Much searchlight practice at night. One machine was picked out by search light the pilot showing an orange light." That seems pretty definite and friendly! As to the how he knows about the size or number of engines in the 1st Aug 1941 reference I don't know... other than facts can easily get changed by word of mouth, the news seeming to have come from brother Alb's family (in Largewood Avenue, a ten-minute walk from the Red Lion), via Ciss when she visited them. Using 'Search' on my blog I can't see any other such refs yet - I'll notice now you've mentioned it!

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