4 February 2014

4th February 1944: bombs swish down on Wimbledon & Merton

4 Fri. Very cold. The day started with a heavy snow shower but quickly cleared to a sunny day, but the north wind was terrible. Warning at 4.50 a.m. About 20 machines came to London and about six came near here, all coming under heavy fire. I heard two lots of bombs swish down and houses were demolished in Quicks Rd., Deburgh Rd and Victory Road, Wimbledon and Merton; some people were killed. There were signs in the sky that three lots of incendiaries had fallen and a glow in the N.E. indicated a fire had been started. A total of 70 machines took part in the raid; five were destroyed. All clear at 6.15 a.m. Did the Friday morning shopping, including a walk through the biting wind to buy fish at Morden. Gave Miss Brewer a bottle of ginger wine essence. There are some beds of yellow wallflowers in bloom in Mostyn Gardens.
The modern Quicks Road, Wimbledon, bombed on 4th February 1944
Photo: Google Street View

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