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22 March 2014

22nd March 1944: fires rage in London. Rationed raisins & eggs.




22 Wed. Rather cold, cloudy, hazy but some promising sunshine in afternoon. Warning at 12.45 a.m. A considerable number of machines came from all quarters except N.W. The firing was patchy, heavy only at times, the local guns fired at machines coming within range. Apart from several drawn out noises, which I have heard before and have not yet identified there was nothing other than gunfire within hearing. A red glow all along the eastern horizon showed that fires were raging in London somewhere. All clear at 1.55 a.m. It is announced that 9 enemy aircraft were destroyed Got groceries at Eyles and had the pleasure of taking a pound of raisins as dried fruit ration for a month. We also had two eggs from the dairyman. Bought sausage meat. Bought floor polish; these two latter locally. Cycled to Morden to buy lights for Dinky; the nice girl was taking the money at the shop again; she manages the Wimbledon branch when they have supplies. A further bulletin states that 10 enemy planes were destroyed last night. Warning at 9.25 p.m. Only one machine came from the S.E. and went N.W. It was held in the searchlights for a short time. It had a fair amount of A.A. fire, the Wimbledon guns firing. It dropped five parachute flares in a S.E. direction and returned the way it came; all clear at 9.50 p.m. One machine so far has been destroyed. This was a small scale raid and very few aircraft came to London. 

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