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Alwyne Diary
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October 1944
23rd Very wet day. Have just had raid 7.25 - 7.50 p.m. Heard doodle go off loud. Big rocket bomb woke us up at 4 this morning. Another at 5 this evening. (31). Moscow announces big break-through into East Prussia.
22nd Foggy early but quite nice day. Alert last night 11 - 11.25 p.m. Heard doodle in distance. Local attack launched in Holland. Mother got up.
21st Nice day 59 degrees with sunny intervals. Came home on early bus. Went for nice walk up Long Straight Rd. Had to get up twice early 4.40 - 5.5 and 6.20 - 6.30 a.m. Heard a doodle go off. Mother kept in bed but her cold better.
20th Very wet day. Mother still in bed but better. Raid 4.55 - 5.25 a.m. Had a doodle roar over low and mean. Aachen has been captured. First German city to be occupied. Belgrade has been captured by Russians. Americans have landed in Phillipines. 1,000 bomber R.A.F. raid last night on Neuremberg and Stuttgart. 9 lost.
19th Fine day but rather cold. Had to get up twice in night 11.10 - 11.45 p.m. and 4.55 - 5.35 a.m. Nothing over here. Another alert this evening 8.10 - 8.45 p.m. 2 bangs. Russians have entered E. Prussia. Mother in bed all day with cold on chest.
18th Sunny day. We are to have some extra rations for Xmas. Mother thinks she has got a cold coming. Hitler mobilises all men between 16 and 60.
17th Fine morning but heavy rain in afternoon. Raid 9.40 - 10.20 p.m. Heard doodle in distance. Rocket fell at Little Baddow this afternoon. Fighting still going on in Aachen.
16th Heavy rain, thunder and hail in afternoon. Had 2 alerts last night 10.35 - 10.55 p.m., 4.55 - 5.15 a.m. All quiet. Have just heard 3 bangs in alert 8 - 8.30 p.m. (22).
15th Lovely day 57 degrees. Mother came down back garden for 20 min. Went for lovely walk round Peartree Rd. (Stanway). Had raid in night 2.20. - 3 a.m. Four doodles went along. One was so low and near it rattled all the house. R.A.F. set up new record last night, sent out 1500 planes and dropped over 5000 tons on Duisburg and 800 tons on Brunswick. (Rhur). 9 lost. 10,000 tons including million incendiaries have been dropped on Duisburg in last eighteen hours. Hungary has asked for an armistice. 1200 U.S. heavies been to Cologne today.
14th Nice sunny day 58 degrees. Cut lawns and picked tomatoes. Alert 3.25 - 4 a.m. Heard one doodle. R.A.F and U.S. have both sent over 1000 heavies to Germany today. R.A.F. made heaviest raid of war by dropping over 4500 tons on Duisburg in 25 minutes. Both lost 14. Athens has been liberated.
13th Fine early but very wet afternoon and evening. Had 3 raids in night 12.30 - 12.50 a.m., 4.55 - 5.15 and 5.25 - 5.40 a.m. Heard several doodles, 2 came over close one behind other. Fighter was firing at one and we heard it blow up. Fanny came home from Braintree.
12th Very wet day. Had a 4th alert in night 2.30 - 2.40 a.m. Heard a rocket after we got back to bed. Also a big bang at 11 this morning. Think I have got a cold coming. Aachen being heavily attacked.
11th Mild but heavy rain in afternoon. Had a nice quiet nice (night) with no doodles but heard 2 rockets. One was at Southend. Heard 2 more today. Seen to be quite a lot coming over. Dad went to Tey today and came home very wet. He had a look round the doodle damage at marks Tey. Have had 2 alerts already this evening. 6.20 - 6.30 p.m. and 8 - 8.20 p.m. In 2nd alert heard a doodle go along and blow up in distance. 12 alerts so far in Oct. Had another alert 9.25 - 9.45 p.m. but all quiet.
10th Lovely sunny day. Went back to office. Had a rare old night. Two raids 12.30 - 1 a.m. and 4.30 - 5 a.m. Vera was dreadfully sick all night and has been bad all day. The doodle bug we heard Sunday night was at Marks Tey. Damaged 100 houses and wrecked 7. Heard a huge explosion at 7.30 this morning. Was a V2 rocket down Clacton way somewhere. Heard another at Chelmsford today which fell at Brentwood. Aachen given 24 hours to surrender or be destroyed.
The wartime diary of
Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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