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19 October 2013

18th October 1943: 55th birthday & gunfire

1878 edition of Verne's novel
18 Mon. Rather cool, a few rays of sun in the afternoon; windy. Am 55 to-day. On fire duty from midnight to 2.00 a.m. Warning at 2.15 a.m. Two machines cruising around for 20 minutes: were fired at by local guns as well as others but they eventually made off. Then about a dozen parachute flares were dropped some miles to northwards. The machine that dropped them came southwards and was held in the searchlights and came under fire which for the most part was very inaccurate, most of the shells bursting literally miles away from it; it made off S.E. All clear at 3.15 a.m. To Morden in afternoon to buy fish. More work on Anthony's aero. Finished reading Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Waste of time!

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