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RE: Wartime Activity on the Colneis Peninsular


Friday, 20th. December 1030hrs.

Body of male, decomposed, in RAF flying suit with Air-Gunner's badge theron washed up on the foreshore at Reed Pond, Cliff road, Felixstowe.



Saturday 21st. December, 1730hrs.

4 or 5 H.E. bombs, size not known, fell in Harwich Harbour.



Saturday 19th. December 1942, 0900hrs.

Body of D/JX 172357 Able Seaman Finlayson brought ashore to Felixstowe, Killed by explosion of a mine at sea the previous night.


Tuesday, 21st. December, 1943.

444, Light A.A. Battery R.A. moved from Felixstowe to Boscombe, Hampshire.




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January 1941. 5th. Battalion The Manchester Regiment (Lt. Col. A. J. F. Willington) stationed at Felixstowe.



January 1941. 99th. (London Welsh) Heavy A. A. Regiment stationed at Felixstowe.



Thursday 2nd. January 1941 0142hrs. A. A. Gunfire from defences at plane travelling E. over Felixstowe Area----(Makes one wonder how they knew who's it was at that time of night)



Friday 3rd. January 1941. 1130hrs. Meeting at the Town Hall, Felixstowe. Arrangements made for formation of volunyary Fire Parties of civillians to combat fires caused by Incendiary bombs.



Saturday 4th. January 0040hrs. Plane over Felixstowe area going N.E. A. A. Gunfire from defences.



There is a note in this diary which states; Balloons carring incendiary devices, and communication and power cable interference devices, released from Felixstowe at frequent intervals to enemy territory (Real or occupied).



Friday 1st. January 1943 178 Field reg. R. A. (R H Q & Batteries) (Lt. Col. K. M. Wright) stationed in Felixstowe, were still in Felixstowe in 1945.



Sunday, 3rd. January, 1943 Combined Military and civil defence exercise at Felixstowe.



Monday, 4th. January 1943. 2036hrs. Plane seen to crash about 13 miles off the coast at Felixstowe, in the vicinity of the Sunk Light Vessel.


Wednesday, 3rd. January 1945. between 1832 and 2042 hrs. Flying Bombs passed N. and S. of Felixstowe heading S.W. Three were exploded by A. A. gunfire 6 miles S. , 4 miles S.E. and 2 miles E. of Felixstowe.




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Wednesday, 6th. January 1943 1442hrs.

Enemy plane flying at about 50 ft. cannonshelled Landguard area of Felixstowe near some military hutments there. H.E. bombs, number not known fell at Ramsey, Essex.



Saturday, 6th. January, 1945. 1100hrs.

American Liberator Bomber crashed in the sea and burst into flames aprox. one mile S.E. of Landguard Point, Felixstowe. Pilot taken to hospital at Harwich and the remainder of the crew accounted for.




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Wednesday, 12th. January 1944. Unexploded heavy A.A. Shell found in a field at Stratton Hall near Felixstowe.



Wednesday, 12th. January 1944. Conference of Naval, Army and RAF Officers and regional County and Felixstowe U. D. Civil Defence, N. F. S., Police and casualty service Chief's at Landguard to make arrangements at Felixstowe for forthcoming operations.


Friday, 12th. January 1945 at 1737hrs. L.R.R. fell and exploded in a field near the Railway Line at Great Street Farm, Trimley St. Mary. Some damage to houses. (V2 rocket.)




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Monday, 20th. January, 1941 1357hrs. About 5 H.E. bombs, size unknown, close to examination boat at sea near to the entrance of Harwich Harbour.
Barrage Balloons machine-gunned.

Tuesday, 20th. January 1942. 1000hrs. Conference at Felixstowe U. D. Council Offices to arrange emergency water supplies for Felixstowe in the event of all main supplies being cut off by enemy action.

Wednesday, 20th. January 1943, 2200hrs. Plane to the East of Felixstowe. A.A. gunfire from defences Felixstowe area and also round Ipswich.

Friday, 19th. January, 1945. The use of Whistles and Handbells by the general public permitted after total prohibition since the outbreak of war.

Friday, 19th. January 1945. 1600 hrs. Miles Martinet target towing plane forced landed on Eastward Ho Golf Links Felixstowe, owing to blizzard. Pilot (Unhurt) NZ 4213343. F/O Smith, home station-Ipswich Airport 679 Squadron RAF.




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