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15 August 2014

15th August 1944: ...bought a newspaper

15 Tues. Rather warm, fine sunny day but rather busy. Bought a few things locally and fish at Morden. Went to see Mrs. Collis who was very near the Vernon Av. bombing; she is suffering from shock and is receiving treatment. Also went to Vernon Av. and found the Boyer and Livitt families quite safe but the houses and homes damaged. From 2.15 a.m. two down very distant S, one through to N: it came down at Fulham: all clear at 6.0 a.m. From 9.5 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. one down on Wimbledon Park Golf Course and one distant in E. From 2.10 p.m. to 2.35 p.m. one very distant SE. From 3.45 to 4.5 p.m. one very distant E. From 5.55 p.m. to 6.10 p.m. one in S. From 6.45 to 7.5 p.m. one fairly near in S. In afternoon bought a paper in Wimbledon; Allied forces have landed in the south of France*. Continued cycling to Wimbledon Common and home.

*On this day:  US Seventh Army forces land between Toulon and Cannes in the south of France, together with three divisions from VI Corps, followed by French Corps. French commando units land by sea and air; 5,000 men from a parachute group drop near Le Muy. The major operation is named 'Dragoon' (changed from a possibly compromised name, 'Anvil'). 


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