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21 December 2013

21st December 1943: Morse code, guns & gastric flu

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21 Tues. Rather mild for season; rain. Warning at 1.50 a.m. All that happened was one of our fighters circling round for half an hour and a fixed searchlight signalling V.E. V.E. V.E. in morse for that period; all clear at 2.15 a.m: no firing heard. Did shopping locally in afternoon. Ciss is very bad with gastric flu to-day. Warning at 7.25 p.m. A plane came from the south and manoeuvred overhead. It was fired at heavily from all quarters, the local guns firing continuously with great rapidity. Its engine stopped but came on again later. Other planes were being fired at over London all clear at 3.20 a.m.

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