19 June 2014

18th June 1944: infernal flying bombs... Ciss lays in road... I hear buildings tumbling

18 Sun. Very mild day, rather rough, much sunshine. The machine I saw last night dived into a cornfield at Combe, Common Extension; no one hurt. From 6.56 a.m. to 71.15 a.m. just a few shots heard. From 7.23 a.m. to 10.52 a.m. several more machines came, with the usual heavy cannonade, and many heavy concussions of bombs. Most machines seem to come this way and there will be heaving damage and casualties, I fear. From 11.50 a.m. to 7.50 p.m. Machines at infrequent intervals. Jean Child and Eileen Boxall called; gave Jean some roses. Eileen had some already. Warning at 8.35 p.m. Infernal machines at frequent intervals, but the guns do not fire at them. I believe the guns are formed up in rows around the coast to stop them there. Many machines fell quite near; there seemed to be two time bombs; all clear at 6.15 a.m. on 19 Mon. Warning at 6.30 a.m. machines at intervals. Ciss had only just started for the office when one came. Its engine stopped and it dived and exploded in Dennis Park Crescent quite near to her. She lay down in the road while broken glass flew about her. I went to see if she was all right and found she was only shaken. Another bomb so near I heard the buildings tumbling down. Still more machines but none near; all clear at 10.55 a.m.

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