Tue Aug. 24 8.20 A.M. [1943]
# DIARY RESUMED AFTER MORE THAN A MONTH
# EMMIE’S RECUPERATIVE SEASIDE VISIT
# RON WRITES FROM SICILY
# NEPHEW RAYMOND KILLED IN SICILY LANDINGS
# WAR NEWS FROM RUSSIA AND ELSEWHERE
# WOODHALL SPA TARGETED

Kharkov in the Ukraine was first recaptured by the Russians in February 1943, re-taken by the Germans in March and again recaptured by the Russians in August.

Woodhall Spa had a bomber airfield. The ‘Petwood Hotel’ in the town had been requisitioned by the RAF and was used as an officers’ mess for 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron after it moved to nearby RAF Coningsby from Scampton in August 1943 (and later to Woodhall airfield).

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