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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
June 1943
24th Glorious day. Fine and sunny and warm. Busy, came home on late bus. Lovely evening. Cut first marrow.
23rd Another nice day. Warning 3.20 a.m. - 4 a.m. Another heavy raid on Ruhr. 35 missing. Dad putting new boards in Drawing room floor. Warning 11.20 - 11.35 p.m.
22nd Another nice day. One of heaviest raids of war on Germany last night by 700 planes. 44 lost. Had notice to go for exam. on Friday re Fire Watch Appeal.
21st Lovely hot day, had lovely evening. Went fire-watching. Warning during night 1.15 - 1.45 a.m.
20th Lovely hot day 78 degrees. Had shelter out.
19th Dull at first but broke out nice and warm and summery but very windy. Pulled some nice beet.
18th Wet day. Had man to mend drawing-room window. Mother in bed all day.
17th Better day. Had tea out. Cologne raided. 14 missing. Not much news. Everybody waiting for 2nd Front.
16th Cold and thundery with heavy rain and hail. The King has flown to N. Africa to inspect the troops. Warning 12.45 - 1 a.m. Dressed but did not come down.
15th Still cool and showery. Set third lot of beet. Warning 3.15 - 3.45 a.m. We got up but nothing happened. Germany raided. 18 lost. My cold still nasty. George better again.
14th Whit Monday. Rather windy but bright intervals. Managed to sit out in shelter morning and afternoon. Had to come in in a hurry about 4 o'clock, blew up storm with heavy rain, thunder and hail, came out nice and sunny in evening. Mother still ill with pain in her heart. George's ears coming bad again and we have had to put some more stuff in. Warning 2.15 - 2.30 a.m.
13th Whit Sunday. Not at all a nice day. Windy and cool and rather cloudy. Could not sit out. I have got a cold and mother has got a bad pain in her heart. Lampedusa has surrendered. Another big raid on Germany last night. 24 lost. Americans raided Bremen and Keil this morning. Lost 26.
12th Fine but cooled (71 degrees) and windy. Had a holiday. Had shelter out all day. Picked 4 lbs of peas. Warning in night 2.40 - 2.50 a.m. All clear went nearly as soon as we had got up. 200 Fortresses raided N.W. Germany last eveing. 8 shot down. We lost 43 in heaviest raid of war last night. Attacks switched to Lampedusa. (Sicilian-owned island, north-west of Malta). Took up 2 roots of own potatoes.
11th Warm day 78 degrees. Pantelleria surrenders after attacks by 1000 planes. First outpost of Europe. ('Operation Corkscrew' - necessary for the Allies to control this island re supplying Malta etc).



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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road
Lexden
Colchester


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