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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
March 1943
19th Dull and cold. Went back to office. Not much news today. Firman says I can have tomorrow off. (Work boss).
18th Nice sunny day but cool East wind. Felt sick and did not go to office. Had 4 warnings to-day. 6.15 - 6.40 a.m. Bombs dropped just before dawn in East Anglia. 6 girls killed in hostel. (Perhaps Land Girls?). 2.15 - 2.30 and 4.5 - 4.20 p.m. Went again after we got to bed 10.30 - 11.35 p.m. Heard a plane keep patrolling round. Vera ran down once but I kept in bed and kept dropping off to sleep. Bombs were dropped at several places in East Anglia. 4 shot down. Dad set second lot of lettuce seed.
17th Foggy cold morning. Broke out at 12 into a lovely warm still sunny day. Got 8 eggs today at Chases. We used over 400 bombers in each of the two recent raids on Essen by R.A.F.
16th Lovely mild sunny day. Nearly came home early so I could go to Dr.'s but didn't. Sirens 7.25 - 7.45 a.m. and 9 - 9.10 a.m. Cat was waiting to come in when we got up. Stayed till 5. Germans have re-taken Kharkov.
15th Cold foggy morning with sharp frost but lovely mild sunny day. Did not feel very well. Not much news. .
14th Lovely sunny day. Rather cold East wind but warmer than yesterday. Feel sniffy and think I may have got a cold yesterday. Stayed at home in afternoon. Siren 2.5 - 2.20 p.m. Heard bombs or guns on window. 6 F.W.'s attack Essex coast town. (Focke Wulf manufactured fighter planes i.e. the FW190 was the best German fighter plane).
13th Rather cold East wind. Some sunny intervals. Cut back lawns, 1st time and did the beds. Looks nice. Very heavy raid on Essen last night, over 1000 tons dropped. 23 missing. (Essen, Germany - iron and steel works i.e. Krupp factory. After WW1 Essen has become centre of re- armament manufacture. Became a primary target for bombing). 4 out of 6 shot down over here today. Siren 9 - 9.20 p.m. All quiet.
12th Lovely sunny day. Big raid last night on Stuttgart. 11 lost. Heard them going and coming home. 3 raids here today 7.30 - 8.5 a.m., 8.15 - 8.25 a.m., 7.30 - 7.40 p.m. Raid on London by 24 fighter-bombers. 5 shot down. Bombs dropped at Romford. Germans claim to be fighting in streets of Kharkov.
11th Had a bad sick head all day. Came home feeling ill. Vera had got me a fish tea and I managed to eat a little of it. 10,000 tons of bombs dropped by R.A.F. in Feb. and 4,000 so far this month. Germans making successful counter-attacks in South Russia, trying to re-take Kharkov. Raid 5.45 - 6.10 p.m.
10th Nice day but hazy and misty. Nice evening. Went for walk up Union Lane and saw 10 big bombers going out. Dad set pint of peas, 1st lot. Over 500 tons of bombs dropped on Munich last night. 11 missing. Warning 6.5 - 6.15 p.m.
9th Lovely sunny day. Dad swept and rolled the big lawn. Warning at Chelms. This afternoon but not here. Went to Neuremburg last night in force. 7 missing. Lot gone out tonight. Mother got the turn, sat up a little while this evening.
8th Nice and sunny again but rather cold with white frost. Rommel's attack has failed. He has lost 32 tanks to none of ours. The cat has not come round today. Mother still bad in bed. Cough bad. Lot of planes going over this evening. Raid 6.10 - 6.20 p.m. 25 came over last night. 3 shot down including a 4 enginer. Only 1 killed.
7th Lovely sunny day but cold East wind. None of us went to Chapel. Mother bad in bed all day. Got up a little while to have bed made. Went for nice walk up Union Lane. Rommel has started a full scale panzer attack on 8th Army. Had a warning last night 8.50 - 9.20 p.m. and another to-day 1.40 - 2.10 p.m.
6th Sun shone a little but rather dull and cold. Went out a little while in afternoon. Lettuce seed up. Tried to get early bus home but it was full up. Sent note to Mrs. Smith asking her to play tomorrow. (At Methodist Chapel in Straight Road, Lexden). Cat here all day. Stole a kipper out of the pantry. Mother still bad with 'flu. Essex raided last night. 150 4,000 pounders dropped. 14 missing.

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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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