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23 June 2014

23rd June 1944: flying bombs in droves... make night hellish

23 Fri. From 2.35 to 6.0 a.m. just horrible. The flying bombs came in droves and spread all over London and suburbs, making the night hellish with their heavy droning and burst of their two ton dynamite bombs. I managed to get a few minutes of sleep. From 7.0 to 7.35 a.m. three machines. From 8.0 to 9.5 a.m. five down. From 930 to 10.0 a.m. a few more. From 2.55 to 3.17 p.m. two more down. Did the usual Friday morning shopping without interference from the enemy. Saw the devastation in Northway and district - very bad.
23 Fri. con. Very cool and dull, but improving later. 4.45 to 612 p.m. eight or nine machines, a few miles to E. and N.E. From 6.30 to 7.15 p.m. three in the east. 8.55 to 9.30 p.m. one over London. From 10.25 p.m. a fighter plane opened fire on a flying bomb and fired two bursts but I don't know with what result; another passed over very close making a terrific noise; it exploded to the north. All clear 11.45 p.m.

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