This report is taken from the War Illustrated the day after the bombings. Reading these extracts helps putting a little more perspective on what these people lived thru. On Tuesday, June 18, Mr. Churchill warned the country that increased air attacks by the Germans were to be expected immediately, and that same night and the following night raiders attacked military and industrial objectives over a wide area. Here are some eye witness accounts of the raids and of the British fighters' successes against the enemy. RAIDS took place on the night of June 18 over Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Northants, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Considering the large number of bombs dropped, the civilian casualties were few, except in a Cambridgeshire town, where one bomb demolished an entire row of houses-eight homes in all. It was here that most of the casualties occurred, eleven people being killed. A description of the bombing was given by a parson who lives nearly opposite the place where the bomb fell. He said: I was sitting in my dining-room listening to the wireless. The air raid warning had gone before midnight. Soon after there was a crash. All the lights went out. I grabbed my torch and ran out into the street. Nobody knew what was happening. Then I realized that the wall in front of my house was not there. Then I looked across the street. Eight houses in a row of about 30 had been hit and wrecked. I hurried across to see what I could do. The scene in this picture is the wreckage of some of a row of eight houses in a town in Eastern England after being bombed in the raid of June 18th A Salvation Army worker is bringing away a clothes-horse on which, strangely enough, not even the clothes had been disturbed. The A.R.P. people were on the spot in a few minutes, and they and other helpers got down to the job of trying to extricate people from the wreckage. Mr. L. Dear, whose baby was killed, said that when the siren went he and his wife took their child downstairs, where they remained for 15 minutes, and then, thinking it was a false alarm, went back to bed. My wife and I were lying in bed with our baby in the cot beside us. There was a whistle and a boom and wreckage fell across me. I managed partly to protect my wife, and I calmed her and then waited until I heard voices. I felt somebody stand on the wreckage which was pinning my shoulder. I pushed my hand up and wriggled my fingers to attract attention. Helpers then moved the wreckage from my wife and myself. I was only scratched. My wife was bruised, but my little daughter was killed in her cradle. A family who lived in the house next to that in which a mother, father and child were killed had a remarkable escape. There are five members of this family. A son said that the family were sitting in a downstairs room, with their backs to the stairs, when the bombs fell. Wreckage fell round us, he said, and the light went out. I pushed the door at the bottom of the stairs, and it opened sufficiently to allow me to get upstairs. I thought the light was on in the room above, and was about to climb through to put it out when I suddenly realised that what I could see was the moon. The room above had been blown away. I made the gap in the wreckage a little larger and helped out the rest of my family. Had we stayed in bed instead of getting up when the siren sounded we should undoubtedly have been killed. In this same town a young father, Mr Leonard Palmer, searched through the wreckage which was once his home for signs of his two little children. Little Molly, aged nine, and Len, aged six, were both dead, killed by a German bomb. All that their father has left are a few golden curls found among the debris and a teddy-bear the little boy took to bed with him. Mr. Palmer's four month okd niece was also killed, and his wife, mother and father critically injured. As he stood outside his demolished home he said: I was standing at my front door when the first bomb fell. My wife was in the kitchen and suddenly the floor above fell on her. The kiddies, who were in bed, hurtled through the ceiling. They were killed almost immediately, and I dug frantically at the debris to free my wife. This photograph (below) shows the remains of one of the seven German Bombers brought down during the raid, guarded by soldiers. An eye-witness of the battle which ended in the destruction of the bomber in Cambridgeshire said: I heard the sound of machine-gun firing and, looking out of the window saw tracer bullets flying through the sky. I could not see anything of our planes, but they must have been there all right, for Jerry, in the glare of searchlights, began to hurtle towards the earth with tracer bullets still pouring from his rear guns. The searchlights followed it in its fall and kept it in view until it crashed to earth with a terrific explosion which could be heard over a radius of many miles. I heard it clearly and was told later that the plane had fallen about 15 miles away.