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World War ll London Blitz Diary: 9-21-40 There was one most awful explosion, which nearly frightened me to death. The Ryecroft house had been destroyed, and the whole family killed. Bombs had been dropped in various spots; one at “Strathmore” opposite the laundry; two on Oakland’s Avenue; one on Kingston Road, opposite the nursing home; one in the back brook at Arden Cottage; and one by the post office on Carlton Parade.
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There was one most awful explosion, which nearly frightened me to death.
The Ryecroft house had been destroyed, and the whole family killed. Bombs had been dropped in various spots; one at “Strathmore” opposite the laundry; two on Oakland’s Avenue; one on Kingston Road, opposite the nursing home; one in the back brook at Arden Cottage; and one by the post office on Carlton Parade.
It is worse and worse. Last night’s raid lasted until four forty-five a.m. this morning. Another land mine was dropped, this time between Stanley Avenue and Carlton Road.
About two hundred houses are shattered and down, but luckily nobody was killed!
Two more raids today. I am sick with fright and nerves. I keep crying. I long to be in America.
On the seven o’clock news we were told of the sinking of one of the vessels carrying refugee children to Canada! Mrs. Ryecroft was found in the debris of her house, but not the slightest trace of Peter could be found. Mrs. Ryecroft was pinned right through her breast by a big beam.
It is not safe to be on the streets now after any warning, for the Germans have taken to low diving, and then machine-gunning anyone in sight.
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 9-19-40 One night last week, over three hundred men, women, and children were destroyed in a school, to which they had been taken “for safety” after their homes had been destroyed. There is no safety in London anywhere. Hell! Hell! Goddamn Hitler.
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Eight raids today. Eight warnings. This is the worse day yet. Last night was terrible. London is the main objective. Here in Romford, Victoria Road was hit for the second time; three stores and four houses demolished there. On Eastern Road, the Inland Revenue Offices were destroyed, and on South Street, Jays, the furniture shop.
The night was awful. There is indiscriminate bombing against London. The BBC said the casualties were again very heavy. In central London over ninety known to be killed, and more than three hundred severely wounded. Oxford Street, Berwick Street, Berkley Square, Piccadilly, Grosvenor Square, Marble Arch, all got it last night. This is just plain murder. One night last week, over three hundred men, women, and children were destroyed in a school, to which they had been taken “for safety” after their homes had been destroyed. There is no safety in London anywhere. Hell! Hell! Goddamn Hitler.
Last night was a most awful night. The warning was given at eight p.m. and our guns went into action immediately. Right here in Romford, it was one of the most terrifying nights of the war. Bombs seemed to be falling all around us. Plessis had been bombed on the previous night. They employ seven thousand people. Luckily, no one had been killed. Walthamstow has been particularly badly hit. In one “rescue” school, three hundred and ninety-three people had been killed in one raid. When the raids began again, the women of Walthamstow began screaming. The A.R.P. wardens had to remove them forcibly, “and their screaming was awful.”
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 9-14-40 Our last warning yesterday sounded at nine p.m. The all clear was not given until five fifty-five a.m. this morning. Seven more raids today.
Our last warning yesterday sounded at nine p.m. The all clear was not given until five fifty-five a.m. this morning. Seven more raids today.
Last night was one of the very worst yet. When the all clear came just before three o’clock, we decided to go up to bed. We thought the Germans were through for the night. Not a bit of it! Just before four, the sirens sounded again, and the onslaught, lasting until five thirty-five a.m., was even heavier than in the first part of the night. The main attack, of course, was on London, but what damage was done we have not been told yet. When Ted came in from mass, at eight this morning, he told me that one bomb hit the presbytery last night, but bounced off the roof again without doing much damage.
The Germans deliberately pick out churches and hospitals for targets. They have hit Westminster Abbey, and nearly destroyed St. Paul’s Cathedral. A bomb weighing a ton buried itself in Dean’s Yard, by Amen Corner, but did not go off. Buckingham Palace has been bombed three times. Hits have been made on the Law Courts, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, and St. Thomas’s Hospital.
Cheapside is practically laid flat. Regent Street has suffered badly, and Victoria Station and Clapham Junction are practically wiped out. Nearly every London hospital has been bombed, and many churches. Some are quite demolished. Many city shelters, built to shelter hundreds of people, have been hit. On Sunday the R.A.F. brought down one hundred and eighty-five German machines, one hundred and thirty-five of them bombers. Who really knows what the truth is? All we really know is what we actually see and suffer for ourselves. As far as can be conjectured, this sort of war can go and is going on indefinitely. God help us all, it’s simply hell on earth. Germans can hide behind the clouds and bomb us before we know they are over us.