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
5 August 2011
Saturday 12th July 1941: food queue - and fireballs!
Very warm and sultry. A storm developed during afternoon and we got some welcome rain at last. Had to wait in a queue for half an hour at the greengrocers in the morning. To Wimbledon to buy cats' food and some cakes in early evening. Had only just got back when another storm of great violence broke some of the flashes of lightning and peals of thunder were very severe, especially one at 8.30 p.m. I was told two thunderbolts fell, and the people at 68 said they saw two red globes of fire come hurtling down from the sky: there was much flooding..
Note: a lighter note! Here's Captain Marvel with his thunderbolt tunic just three months later, in October 1941. (DC Comics. Artwork by C C Beck & Pete Costanza. Via Wikipedia.) .