Cold but sunny. ‘Planes flying low over the town all day, making a hideous noise. Had a request from the Librarian of Bedford College for permission to study the MSS in the Town Library. Got them out and checked them. They are all in very bad condition, and need a lot of repair. Worked in the Library all the afternoon and evening, checked and listed the Dickens’ first editions, and discovered Moore’s “Life of Byron” with an inscription from Moore to Sam Rogers, inside which is a copy of the pamphlet written by Lady Noel Byron in reply, with her autograph. Must tell Margaret Sherry. Worked until 9.30.
On Saturday afternoon some Coastal Command aircraft, quite by accident, intercepted 18 German torpedo bombers 150 miles off the Scots coast, and brought down 9.