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
15 September 2013
15 Sept 1943: gunfire, red glare, crash
15 Wed. Very mild, cloudy, rather rough. Did shopping locally in morning. A Rutlish boy named Peter called re model aeroplanes: he is an enthusiast. Warning from 9.52 to 10.53 p.m. A few machines approach London: only slight gunfire. While watching a cone of searchlights to northwards I saw a red glare suddenly light the sky, followed by lesser but similar flashes. After the lapse of some seconds I heard a drawn out crash: I got the impression a machine was down; gunfire ceased almost at once. Heard one bomb to northwards.