London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 70 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
9 February 2013
6th Feb 1943: searchlights and a comet
Fred Whipple in 1927
6 Sat. Rather mild...not unpleasant... to Morden but the cats' meat shop was shut, so bought some herring roes - hope Dinky will eat them. Searchlight practice at night in a clear sky; three planes were held in the beams. For three nights I have been trying to identify Whipple's comet which is now in Ursa Major. It is only of the 6th magnitude and on the limit of visibility. I saw a faint object in the spot it should occupy three nights ago. To-night I saw it and its position had changed, so it seems fairly certain that I have seen it. It is merely the faintest point of light but there is no tail that can be seen without optical aid.