7 August 2012

25 to 31 July 1942: air raids, Wimbledon guns

Note: 25th to 31st excerpts

25 Sat. ...usual shopping including a money order to Mr.Payne for £2-13-0. In evening cycled round the old haunts at Malden: saw Winifred Bishop's house. A car tyre burst just as the car was overtaking me - bang! It soon pulled into the side. Have heard a lot worse!!

26 Sun. ...The usual children called. To Wimbledon Common in evening, saw a few beginner modellists including a Rutlish boy I know - but not his name.

27 Mon. ...Raid warnings from 6.35 to 6.50 a.m. & 7.20 to 7.30 a.m. To Uncle Henry's to see wireless which I brought away. To Mrs.Hippel to enquire about Mr.Hippel who has been ill; she told me he had passed away. Fitted new H.T. battery to Mrs Child's set. Put comic poem in Audrey's autograph book.

28 Tues. ...Heard gunfire at 2.45 a.m. German planes over London; warning at 3.5 a.m. more enemy activity than for some time.

29 Wed. ...Gunfire to northwards at 2.30 a.m.: no warning. Overhauled Uncle Henry's wireless. In evening cycled along Coombe Lane, Robin Hood Way & back over Wimbledon Common.

30 Thur. ......Raid warning from 1.55 to 4.20 a.m. A few raiders miles to eastwards. They were fired at by the Wimbledon Common guns at great range. These gunds are very heavy for such a purpose as they are naval guns. Took Uncle Henry's set back, but he needs a new H.T. battery.

31 Fri. Warm, lovely sunny day: perfect... Cycled along Sutton Common Road as far as the Angel Bridge, now demolished by a bomb. In early hours raid warning from 2.0 to 2.35 a.m. no trouble. Also from 3.5 to 3.35 when an enemy plane passed over from N. to S. under fire. The Wimbledon guns fired: pointing this way they sound terrific.

Below, the Angel Bridge, "now demolished by a bomb". This photo from the collection of Mr Mark Donohue at on the website 'Old UK photos'.

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