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29 January 2014

29th January 1944: Raynes Park guns fire many 100s of shells

29 Sat. Rather mild for season; dull and cloudy. Cycled to Morden, thence to Merton to buy fish and ginger wine essence, the latter for Miss Brewer. Also local shopping. Dug over part of garden, burying some decayed garden refuse for manure, then planted a row of shallots. Warning at 8.20 p.m. One machine from the north came under a fair amount of fire, then about six came at intervals from the south-east and cruised about for what seemed ages. They were all heavily fired at; the Raynes Park guns have never fired such a long spell or so rapidly. There are eight or ten guns and all kept firing as rapidly as possible; I should say they were throwing shells into the air at the rate of 300 per minute; what a din! One machine seemed to drop a bomb causing a long drawn-out swish but it did not end in a bang so it probably was a time-bomb; I expect I shall hear. There were no signs of incendiary bombs having been dropped. All clear at 9.40 p.m. 

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