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
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!