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2 March 2014

29th February 1944: lemons are forbidden fruit

29 Tues. Leap Year Day. Severe white frost; fairly clear day, not much wind. Cycled to Wimbledon to buy fish. Bought 2 lbs. of lemons @ 6 1/2 per lb. to-day from Mr. Wheeler; it is years since we bought lemons, they have been forbidden fruit. Warning at 9.32 p.m. Two machines approached from the south. One went to northwestward but the other did not come nearer than a few miles; it dropped a bomb and made off in a southeast direction where it threw out a yellow parachute flare. Both machines were under moderate fire, the local guns firing. All clear at 10.2 p.m. The bomb dropped at Portland Road, S. Norwood. Only 15 machines took part in this raid, 3 of them coming to London. Two of them were destroyed; only minor damage was caused and there were no casualties.

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