Wakened by an alarm just after midnight. Heard Fisher’s dog bark, and the sirens moaning. A plane came over, and circled around for nearly 3 hours, I suppose waiting for the RAF machines to come back. Three or four guns were fired, a long way off, but there was no other opposition. The RAF began to come back about 3, and I fell asleep before the all-clear sounded.
Dark and cloudy this morning, and a heavy thunderstorm broke about 11 o’clock, and lasted half an hour. The rain is much wanted.
Spent the whole day writing. Wrote to Joanna, and to the National Trust. I have asked the Trust to take over direct control of Bourne Mill, from June 1st, so that I shall have no further responsibility.
This evening the sun came out, and at 7.30 heard a distant alarm, and then one at Hadleigh. All-clear in less than 5 minutes.
In the “Observer” today there was an article discussing
Germany’s threats to carry out great raids on , but the Civil Defence people don’t seem to take the threats very seriously. All branches of Civil Defence services are being reduced, especially wardens. The same paper also prints a list of churches, museums, great houses, etc destroyed by the R.A.F. I see that the England Romisch-Germanische Museum at has gone. All this frightful carnage and destruction is being done in the name of freedom and democracy. Mainz