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7 January 2014

7th January 1944: jet propelled aircraft announced

7 Fri. Rather mild for season; fair, some soft sunshine. Did all the usual Friday shopping locally. Went to see Uncle Alf who is so seriously ill as to be near the end of his life. To Wimbledon along rail path in afternoon; bought a new trilby hat at Pierces for 13/11; a bargain for war-time. The up main line between Wimbledon and Raynes Park has been re-laid with new rails and a new style of coupling plates designed to avoid wheel thump has been adopted. Chas called in evening. The Air Ministry has announced the successful application of jet propulsion to aircraft, thereby obviating the need for propellers. On fire-duty from 2.0 to 4.0 a.m., no incident.

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