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2 March 2014

2nd March 1944: 100 enemy planes & our fighters

2 Thur. Cold, clear; the sunshine had some warmth in it in places sheltered from the raging west wind. Warning at 2.40 a.m. Many planes arrived from all directions and were fired at quite heavily at times, but there were lulls which suggested our fighters were about. Did not hear anything drop but a shower of explosive incendiaries a few miles to the eastward caused a fire which glowed in the sky; the incendiaries could afterwards be heard going off. A total of 100 planes were used and six were destroyed. All clear at 3.35 a.m. Cycled to Wimbledon, bought a torch battery at Halford's for Mrs. Hippel, which I took to her; also bought fish at Merton.

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