Thurs 19. Mild, heavy rain. Warning from 8.55 tp 9.10 a.m. Short walk to buy Dinky something. In evening to see the damage in Cambridge Road. A huge crater on Cottenham Park Rec. and a still larger one in Cambridge Road where Mr Halliday lived: but not a window broken. Called in at Richmond Road to see how they all were: Margaret has a Siamese kitten. The night raid was characterised by few bombs within hearing but large number of machines past over and our local guns blazed at them good and strong - starting at 8.3. p.m. it finished at 5.46 a.m. on 20th Fri. One alarming incident was when a German plane power dived at stupendous speed to within a few yards of us in the shelter. We thought it was going to crash on us as it had been under heavy fire; don't know what happened to it.---
Since writing the above I do know that the machine was a Junkers, type 88. It was fired at by our local battery and a shell blew its tail off. It dived at incredible speed on to a house in Richmond Avenue. The house was demolished. The plane buried itself deeply, blew up and caught fire.