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June 2, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;128(5):380. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860220062021

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)April 28, 1945.

London's Last Ordeal  With the end of the last form of "frightfulness" practiced on London—the rocket bomb, which was fired from the continent and reached us after traversing the stratosphere—the government is now able to publish details. The total number of rocket bombs which reached this country was 1,050. The total casualties were 2,754 killed and 6,523 seriously wounded. The first rocket fell on the evening of Sept. 8, 1944 at Chiswick, doing considerable damage. One of the first to fall on London was at Brentford, where eight houses were destroyed and fifty damaged by the blast. Two people were killed and ten seriously injured. The rocket attack reached its height during a week in February, when seventy-one fell on southern England. Totals of fifty or sixty rockets a week were common in February and March, many of them on London. The

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