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20 August 2014

20th August 1944: flying-bomb raids continue

20 Sun. Very mild, cloudy, dull: deluge until midday. Warning at 11.20 p.m. One down in Home Park Rd, two in S, one right through to W, one distant SE: all clear 6.58 a.m. From 8.55 a.m. one through to W, did not hear it explode; one distant in S: all clear at 9.15 a.m. From 10.35 a.m. three down in S, two right overhead, continuing to N, did not hear them go off: all clear at 11.0 a.m. From 11.45 a.m. one down in S: one passed right overhead and went off a few miles to northward: one fairly near in NE: all clear at 12.10 p.m. From 2.10 p.m. one down in John Innes Horticultural Institution*: no deaths and only slight if widespread damage: saw it later: one through to N, one in E, all clear 2.34 p.m. From 3.30 to 4.29 p.m. no incident. Short cycle ride in evening.

*Note: The John Innes Horticultural Institution was founded in 1910 at Merton ParkSurrey (now London Borough of Merton), with funds bequeathed by John Innes, a merchant and philanthropist. The Institution occupied Innes's former estate at Merton Park until 1945 when it moved to BayfordburyHertfordshire. It moved to its present site, in Norwich in 1967. - Wikipedia

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