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17 May 2013

17th May 1943: the dam busters

...17 Mon. Then further warning at 12.30 a.m. A few machines from N. to S. flying very high received moderate gunfire but they did as they liked and a few bombs were dropped. All clear at 2.35 a.m. Also 3.50 to 4.15 a.m.: one more machine which was almost ignored by the gunners dropped one bomb over London: local guns did not fire.     

17 Mon continued. Rather warm, lovely genial sun all day. Cycled top buy cats' meat at Morden, also bought lettuce seed and took accumulator. Sowed two sorts of lettuce seeds and cut lawn. Last night our airmen burst 3 great reservoirs in Germany with bombs and let the water free which flooded great tracts of the Ruhr. Warning at 11.25 p.m. a single enemy plane passed over from N. to S. and to eastward; it dropped a bomb which I heard coming down, it drew only very slight gunfire; the local guns were again silent: all clear t 11.43 p.m. This bomb fell at Brixton Hill. The bomb before midnight last Sunday was at Richmond.

 "Last night our airmen burst 3 great reservoirs in Germany"

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