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
28 September 2011
Wed 24 Sept 1941: Wimbledon's massive new guns
. 'If the Germans do come again Wimbledon will have something to say on the matter.'
Very mild; dismal morning but lovely sunny afternoon. Shopping in morning as it is early closing to-day. Then to Wimbledon Common with my 37 ins model. It immediately finished up a flight by going down in a trench with water in it which filled the tail with water and upset the trim. However, it gradually dried out and I eventually obtained some magnificent flights after taking off one strand* of rubber. Saw the new, immense anti-aircraft guns on the Common on the massive concrete foundations which have taken months of excavation and building. If the Germans do come again Wimbledon will have something to say on the matter. I don't know the bore of the guns but it looked like six inches. To Aunt Liza's to take meat for Fluffy. Had a chat to Chas.
*Note: the strand of rubber would have been one of the thick multi-stranded lengths, bound at each end, which stretched inside the length of the fuselage and which when twisted many times provided the power. . .