21 July 2014

21st July 1944: six killed in Wilton Crescent, Merton

21 Fri. Very mild, but very rough indeed, some hazy sunshine but mostly cloudy. Did the Friday morning shopping and sent a parcel of rhubarb to Aunt Nellie. From 7.38 a.m. one distant in N, one in SE, one in E, one NE, one in N, two in SE, one in S, two more S, one S, two S, one SE, one distant SE, one in S, one NE, all clear at 10.0 a.m.

From 10.15 a.m. one power-dived near in E, one in SE, one E, all clear at 10.45 a.m. From 11.0 to 11.10 a.m. one in S. From 11.20 a.m. one SE, one SE, two distant in S, one right overhead and to N. did not hear it go off, one probably at Wandsworth, one probably Tooting, one in E, one very near in S. some say Grand Drive other in the Cemetery.

One SW about Worcester Park. Two that I heard when in Davis’ shop, slammed the door, one near in E, it turned a complete circle before diving, one in SW, one distant in E, all clear at 2.26 p.m. From 2.30 to 2.40 p.m. one in E, one distant in E. From 3.30 to 3.43 p.m. one distant in S. From 4.43 to 4.47 p.m. saw one flying very low, went right through to N, did not hear it go off. From 5.27 to 5.30 p.m. one power-dived about St Helier to S.

From 7.10 to 7.20 p.m. one over London. From 7.55 to 8.10 p.m. one in SE. From 8.24 to 8.28 p.m. one in SE. From 8.50 to 9.17 p.m. one distant in S. From 9.36 to 10.5 p.m. one very distant in E. Night warning from 10.33 p.m. one distant in E, one through to N, two in SE, one in N, one SE, one S, one came very near and after the engine stopped it gave four spurts of power and then dived with a shattering roar. It fell and destroyed many houses in Wilton Crescent, six people were killed: I saw the wreckage later. One distant in S, there appeared to be a fire London-wards. Two more bombs fell very near, one distant in S, one distant in SE. All clear 6.45 a.m. Sat 22.

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