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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
August 1940
31st Hot day. 80 degrees. Big raids. 3 here. Bombs dropped on Colchester. Did not get to work until 11 or home till 3.20. 85 shot down & 37 of ours.
30th Lovely day. Air raid afternoon, 2 at Chelmsford. 62 shot down. 25 of ours lost.
29th No air raids to-day.
28th Three raids at Chelmsford, one here. Bombs dropped at Mile End & Bergholt. Heard them & rushed down shelter.
27th Cooler. Quiet day without raids. London had 6 hour raid last night.
26th Had 4 raids at Chelmsford and 2 here. Big fight went on - Machine Gun bullets in London. 47 shot down.
25th Nice day. No raids here but 55 shot down.
24th Raid in afternoon. 50 shot down. Lovely day, had holiday.
23rd Cold day. No warning to-day. Only single planes about. First night raid on London.
22nd 10 minute warning at 10.30 p.m. Some bombs were dropped at Colchester last Monday. Cold day.
21st Nazi plane over Chelmsford. Warning sounded. No bombs. 2 warnings here.
20th Had warning here 5 - 7. Got held up for an hour at Kelvedon. More bombs at Chelmsford from single plane. Dropped near office. Heard it whistle down. Raid 3 - 4.
19th Lone Nazi plane over Chelmsford, heard it circle over & drop bombs. No warning. Relations of Office Boy killed. Cool day.
18th Hot day. 82 degrees. Rained a little in evening. Air raid 5.30 - 6.30. Heard a lot of planes. 144 shot down, 22 of ours. London raided twice.



The wartime diary of
Alwyne Garling
93 London Road
Lexden
Colchester


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