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RE: Wartime Activity on the Colneis Peninsular


Wednesday, 13th. December, 1939 0940hrs. Unidentified male body found on foreshore (Decomposed) at Languard common, felixstowe.



The next comment in the Diary: Between 1940 and 1944 A number of Barrage Balloons from Harwich Harbour barrage broke adrift or were struck by lightning and fell in various places in this section (Felixstowe) and further afield, some in flames.



Friday, 13th. December 1940. 0153hrs.

2 H. E. bombs size not known, but believed 250kg. dropped at Felixstowe Dock and Nursery Fields, Lodge Farm, Kirton.------0158hrs. 2 H. E. Bombs again size not known, dropped in Alderton area.



Friday, 13th. December 1940. evening,

Occasional A. A. Gunfire from Defences Harwich Harbour.



Wednesday, 13th December 1944.

The following anti-aircraft units of R. A. stationed at Felixstowe. 150 mixed Heavy A. A. Regiment R. A. (Lt. Col. Cobbold) R. H. A. and 489 Battery partly stationed at Languard common and partly at Trimley St. Mary. --- 468 battery of 136 H. A. A. regiment R. A. stationed at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club.---81 Light A. A. Regiment R. a. R. h. q. and 199 Battery stationed at 'Brantover', Wolsey Gardens.




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Saturday, 14th. December 1940 at 1945hrs.

2 H.E. bombs size not known dropped at Ramsholt. 3 others dropped in River Deben opposite Hemley. 2 more on saltings and 3 on a field, size not known, at High House Farm, Hemley. Slight damage to house and a rowing boat

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Sunday, 15th. December 1940 0930hrs.

The body of a German Airman (Unteroffzier Karl Fritz) was washed up on the foreshore at Landguard Point, Felixstowe.



Sunday, 15th. December 1940 at 2120hrs.

A Plane flying N. to S. over Felixstowe area amid heavy Gunfire from defences.



Tuesday, 15th. December 1942 1310hrs.

4.-250kg H.E. bombs dropped in the High Street at Aldeburgh. Machine-gunning from plane. A number of casualties and much damage.



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Thursday, 17th. December 1942. 1640hrs.

German Sea Mine washed up on foreshore near the Martello Tower at Felixstowe Ferry. Most of the residents at the Ferry evacuated for the night.



Friday, 17th. December, 1943. 0525hrs.

Halifax Bomber force-landed on mud flats in the river Deben near Felixstowe Ferry. Approx. 300yds north of the jetty, 1 dead (115658 Flying Officer Observer) W. F. McMaster. 2 injured, 4, uninjured. Home Station--Tempsford, Bedford. 161 Squadron.




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Monday, 18th. December 1944, 0353hrs.

Flying bomb exploded in Painters Wood, Grimstone Hall Farm, Trimley St. Martin. Windows of houses broken. Between 0345 and 0445 other flying bombs exploded W.N.W. and E. or passed inland flying S.W. 0538hrs. Flying bombs passed over Felixstowe flying S.W. at 0554 one exploded E.N.E. over the sea off Felixstowe. 0635Hrs. Flying bombs passed S. of Felixstowe flying S.W.




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