8 November 2014

8th November 1944: bombed ceiling completed

8 Wed. Raw cold, dismal, damp, rain. Got the groceries as usual on Wed also a loaf. The men put a finishing coat of plaster on sitting room ceiling – over the plaster boards. Aunt Liza brought photos, of cousin Len and Doris wedding. Warning from 8.47 to 9.37 p.m.: one* very distant SE.

*Note: a reminder, or for readers new to the blog... Fred is referring to the 'new' generation of German flying bombs, later known as the V-2, against which we had no defence. They were the precursors of space rocket technology, epitomised by Dr Wernher von Braun (1912-1977). The photos show him with Nazi officers in 1941 and with President Kennedy in 1963 - he worked with NASA. He was inducted into the 'US Space and Rocket Center Hall of Fame ' in 2007. Several German cities have streets named after him, as do several American university centres of research.
Left: advert for book. (No, you can't 'look inside! - Sorry about that!)

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