9 July 2013

9th July 1943: late afternoon air raid

9 Fri. Rather cool for season: showers, cloudy. Did all the usual shopping in morning. As Miss Dickson did not come, had to set to and do some house cleaning. Alan Spooner called in evening so he saw the organ for the first time: he was very excited and interested in it, especially the air-driven tremulant fan.

9 Fri. (continued) Warning at 5.20 p.m. Two enemy Dornier 217's bombed Thornton Heath and East Croydon; several lives were lost and damage done as we heard later; a factory was hit. The bombers flew at roof-top height. Heavy explosions were heard. Fighter planes went up from Croydon and shot one down at Caterham and the other at Sittingbourne. All clear at 5.50 p.m.

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