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20 June 2013

15th June 1943: enemy aircraft unmolested

15 Tues. Very mild, fine morning, deteriorating. Very heavy showers of rain, hail and thunder later. Shopping locally in morning and afternoon also to Morden and Merton in search of cat food. Warning from 12.30 to 1.0 a.m. One machine prowling around unmolested, then it made off Londonwards where it met slight gunfire and dropped a stick of bombs. Also from 1.45 to 2.15 a.m. Two machines hovering about for a long time, one started dive-bombing and dropped bombs somewhere to N.W. have been told near Barnes. The second machine made of N. with searchlights after it. The all clear sounded when this machine was under fire; the guns continuing after the all clear had finished. The feature of all these recent raids is that enemy aircraft come and remain as long as they like, sometimes as long as ten minutes and not a shot fired during that time. I am puzzled: they are left alone to do as they like: I suppose there must be an explanation.

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