21 June 2014

21st June 1944: "a most terrible night" - ten hours' air-raid - and acts as bicycle repair man

21 Wed. Rather cold, very dull, cloudy, Cold N.E.wind. Warning at 12.25 a.m. A most terrible night. I did not count the number of machines but there must have been 50 or 60 come down within hearing. One or two were so close as to jolt the ground. One machine had its engine stop just short of here, I then heard it swish down and explode. No details as to where others came down; there are rumours but I must wait; all clear at 10.37 a.m. Did the shopping in the morning - groceries and butchers. Warning at 11.20 a.m. All clear at 1.10 p.m. no incident. To churchyard to water Dear Mother's grave, while there warning at 2.50 p.m. heard three come down; all clear at 3.0 p.m. Took message to Jean Child in evening and found Audrey trying to repair a leaking cycle tube, the rubber valve seating was split. Wheeled bike home and fitted a new valve in another part of the tube and put a patch on the hole where the faulty valve was taken from - a good job. Saw where one (doodlebug) came down in Holland Avenue. Another came down on Wimbledon Common near the Rushmere.

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