Evening Standard from London, Greater London, England on September 7, 1940 · 1
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Evening Standard from London, Greater London, England · 1

London, Greater London, England
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Saturday, September 7, 1940
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i ''1 - £ ' H tf-i -I 'uv '5i & o ?S ? f Fighter- Bom bers O - Bomb Wrecks London at “Dead” VC Is Prisoner fter the RAF had bombed Berlin for nearly three hours during the night the Germans to-day failed in a tip-and-run attack on a British airfieldJL An Air Ministry and Ministry of- Home Security communique issued this afternoon said: “ENEMY ATTACKS ON THIS COUNTRYl DURING THE MORNING HAVE BEEN ON A REDUCED SCALE AN AIRFIELD IN KENT WAS UNSUCCESSFULLY ATTACKED BUT A BOMB WHICH FELL IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD CAUSED SOME CASUALTIES DETAILS OF WHICH ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE “An attack was also made on a cathedral town in the West Country when a school and other buildings near the cathedral were damaged but no casualties have been reported Destruction to-day inside a South London church which was hit by a bomb during the night Two Raiders Shot Down Mrs Nirholls and her nine-months old daughter Carol 4 All Clear ” Bombs: Nazis New Tactics Evening Standard Reporter XTews has been received In Nottingham that " Lance-corporal Harry Nicholls VC STILL TOO MANY TORCH FLASHES Evening Standard Air Correspondent The Ministry of Home Security I learn are urgentiyrw“‘ng last night taking up the problem of London’s night raiders country bombs we which drop bombs within a few minutes of the “Ug£d£ Clear” being sounded saw large areas brilliantly lit by flares It is likely that new warnings to the public will drop££ “Reports up to midday show that two enemy aircraft — one a bomber and the other a fighter-bomber — have been shot down this morning by our fighters without loss to themselves “It is now known that one more' enemy aircraft was shot I down yesterday by pur fighters making a total of 46 destroyed of the Grenadier Guards who during the day Two of the nine RAF pilots previously was reported to have been reported missing as a result of yesterday’s engagements are now killed in action is a prisoner 1 of war in Germany :? FOR SALE IN I This information was contained in a telegram from hist PERFECT CONDITION t Connie Nicholls at f her home in Lower Eldon- j street Sneinton Nottingham known to be safe” The attack on an airfield to-day was made by 30 Messerschmit 109 fighters each carrying one bomb s raids on this were dropped u imeiy- unst iicw The Elephant and Castle district be given on stnctly observing the black-out regulations one Qf London’s “gateways to the at all times ubrb" bombe1' The night bombers are frying to break the civilian’s faith the “all clear” signal by silei approach tactics after the main body of the raiders have done their work and left This is the explanation of the severs occasions this week when sticks ol bombs have been dropped within a few minutes of the “ all clear ” being given What happens Is that say 4 bombers tour the London area for an hour or two trying to evade anti aircraft fire and searchlights while they drop flares and try to find the particular districts they have been ordered to attack They drop their bombs and then leave Meanwhile one of them' directly the pilot sees the flashes of the exploding bombs climbs to 20000 feet until he is poised at a point within gliding distance of the capital He throttles down his engines and cruises in circle Engines Shut Off After half an hour or so he sets the nose of the aircraft for London descending in a flat glide with engines shut oft His crew when the machine Is low enough keep a watch for the signs of the “all clear” being given— such as Perhaps the twinkling of thousands of torches in a district below the aircraft carried by people returning to their homes from their shelters Then he presses the button of the bomb-release Air Raid Baby southern suburbs1 people being killed and damage caused between the “all clear” and “ alert ” warnings before midnight RAF RAIDS 'Picture to-day of Mrs Mitchell and her daughter Elizabeth Ann who was born in a London maternity hospital while bombs were falling nearby Half Haircuts Scores of men in one district of London are walking about with unfinished haircuts “We have been cutting their hair when the sirens have sounded” said a member of the local hairdressers’ association “ We put down our clippers and scissors and go to the shelter “ Some of the customers don’t come back for the job to be finished “We try to finish the shaving If wc can but it all depends on how near the aiders are” As well as raiding Germany during the night British bombers also made big attacks on the French Channel ports For a considerable time the flashes of bursting bombs and exploding shells and the light of parachute flares lit up the French coastline from Calais to Boulogne and the rumble of heavy explosions shook towns on this side of the Channel One particularly large fire was caused and blazed away for some time after the raiders had returned Berlin official and neutral correspondents’ accounts of the British raid and the full story of last night’s London bombing are on the BACK PAGE Wide Revision of Reserved Jobs Changes in the schedule of reserved occupations now being considered are not likely to be announced for at least another ten days The committee responsible for the review of the schedule will probably meet next week and Ihe proposed alterations will have to be approved by the Minister of Labour Revision in certain occupations may be extensive No arrangements have yet been made for the registration of further classes under the Armed Forces Act Evening Standard Correspondent Mrs NichoB NEW YORK Saturday in Somerset and TheuneSSP?PerS Sta 'hatpnnouncfnrthS the Ministry of Aircraft Pro- her husband was duction in London has for sale alive reached her two fine airplanes in perfect con- !ister Mrs K-dition They are stated to be hwSSts hit German machines ' a Messer-band sent a tele- schmitt 109 and a Messerschmitt f£am to Mrs i in Nicholls saying 1AU ‘“Harry alive and The price of each is 125000dol saf in Germany " Lance-corporal cash on the hall although In the I CbnniewMbe' IL Nicholls VC !rantic with y when she gets the JLr£aser? news’ said Mrs Haywood “She left bidder will get the prize Delivery Nottingham a week ago to spend a ? Jfork i short holiday with a soldier’s wife who Lord Beaverbrook it is stated will had invited her to Glastonbury use the money they fetch to build new British fighters He is said to take the view that hese fighters will bring him in more German prizes for disposal Girl of Nine is ’ Machine-Gunned y ine-year-old Sheila White was machine gunned by a Messer-I schmitt and killed at a South-East during “ Connie and her husband ' were such a devoted couple She had never got over the shock of his reported death but she had never completely lost hope Now she will be right on top of the world again and will be coming back here post haste “ The night before Connie received the VC from the King she had a strange happiness She kept telling me that Harry was always near to her She has never lost that feeling that he was close to her" Lance-corpl Nicholls won his VC a British counter-attack on Coast town last night The child lived with her parents on the outskirts of the town She was running to the Anderson shelter in the garden when she was hit by a bullet and died almost immediately The Messerschmitt gunned a large area of the town from a height of about 500 feet It was so low that the markings could easily be seen Adatn9s Apple Wife at Tottenham — When we married my husband said I was the apple of his eye now he says I give him the pip May 21 at the River Scheldt Silenced Guns He was leading a section of men when they came under heavy machine-gun fire Nicholls dashed forward firing from the hip with a Bren gun and silenced three German machine-guns He then went on to higher ground and engaged masses of German infantry Although he was wounded at least four times his gallantry enabled his company to reach their objective The adjutant of Nicholls’s battalion 6t the Grenadiers said to-day: “We have received news that Nicholls has recovered from his wounds" : 7 i i & " V -WiWT -

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