11th December 1940

Went to the Hippodrome this afternoon at half past four, but had to come out for an alarm at a quarter to 6. Not very many planes came over, but there was no all-clear until nearly 2am. It is so strange to hear these beastly machines throbbing in from the sea, a few searchlights feebly wavering, but not the slightest opposition to them in any shape or form. They say the London barrage is much bigger than it was when I was there two months ago, but although between 200 and 300 planes come over at a time it is very rare for even one or two to be brought down.

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