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Maleme airfield at 26th May 1941, Crete, Greece

Maleme airfield at 26th May 1941, Crete, Greece

The two photos below are reconnaissance photos taken on the 26th May, they are from file AIR 40/1402 in the National Archives in Kew. There is another photo in the file from 23 May and a comparison shows the build up of aircraft on the ground at Maleme.
The second of the two photos is a blow up of the southern corner of the airfield. Some of them will be glidrs while others will be JU52...
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Purfleet Oil Refinery attacked by the german Luftwaffe at 7th Sept. 1940

Purfleet Oil Refinery attacked by the german Luftwaffe at 7th Sept. 1940

Soon after 1700 hours, however, the enemy launched a very big attack and the principal objectives seem to have been industrial and dock property on both sides of the Thames, bombs were dropped at Woolwich, Purfleet and the Dockland area of London.
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Niigata POW Camp 1947

Niigata POW Camp 1947

This is an aerial photo taken in 1947. The deserted camp still remains.

Niigata City was the site of two POW Camps during the Second World War. It was the first major influx of foreigners to Niigata in the history of the city.

Many of the POWs that were at Niigata Camp 5B worked on Niigata’s docks, loading cargo from Taiwan, Korea and Northern China to support th...
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Camp Lucky Strike near Le Havre

Camp Lucky Strike near Le Havre

An aerial photograph of Lucky Strike taken August 27, 1945 by the 540th Photorecon Squadron.

The camp became the most important military camp in Europe. It extended over 600 hectares (1 hectare = approximately 2 ½ acres). It was a mandatory port of entry for practically every American soldier, and 1½ million spent from a couple days up to 18 months there. It was the principal ca...
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I.G. Farben Complex Monowice (Oswiecim), 26 June 1944

I.G. Farben Complex Monowice (Oswiecim), 26 June 1944

Monowitz (also called Monowice or Auschwitz III) is a subcamp or one of the three main camps of Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. It was established in October 1942 in Poland.

Monowitz was primarily a labour camp, though with a strong extermination component. It held approximately 12000 prisoners, the great majority of whom were Jewish, but also carried non-Jewish criminals and...
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Marifu Marshalling Yard bombed 14 August 1945

Marifu Marshalling Yard bombed 14 August 1945

The Marifu Rail Yard, 2 miles east of Iwakuni, and 2 miles south of Otaka, Japan, after the bombing raid of 14 August 1945 by 108 B-29 Superforts of the 21st Bomber Command.
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Vaires-sur-Marne Marshalling Yard attacked by RAF on 27-28 June 1944

Vaires-sur-Marne Marshalling Yard attacked by RAF on 27-28 June 1944

214 Lancasters and 9 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 5 and 8 Groups attacked Vaires and Vitry railway yards. The No 8 Group raid on Vaires was particularly accurate; the Vitry yards were hit only at the western end. 4 Lancasters lost, 2 from each raid.
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Steam Tanker at the oil pier, Querqueville

Steam Tanker at the oil pier, Querqueville

On 24 July the tanker Empire Traveller discharged the first gasoline at Cherbourg, unloading at the long breakwater in the outer harbor-the Digue de Querqueville. The French and later the Germans had discharged gasoline and other POL supplies through a nine-inch pipeline running along the Digue to two nearby tank farms at the large Depot Cotier du Petrole and the somewhat smaller one at Sunic. ...
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Coutances 1944 - The day when the German front line collapsed

Coutances 1944 - The day when the German front line collapsed

In July 1944, after two weeks and a half of offensive, the Ist American Army under General Bradley had lost 40,000 men for an insignificant gain of land. The hoped breakthrough still did not occur west of Saint-Lô. That was the reason why the Operation Cobra was set out. The manoeuvre must concentrate an enormous force upon one sector of the front line, to obtain the breakthrough. The assault s...
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Flers Marshalling Yard , 7 June 1944

Flers Marshalling Yard , 7 June 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): The Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF) directs air attacks against congested points to delay movement of more enemy forces into the assault area. In the first mission (Mission 397) in the morning, 182 B-17s and 291 B-24s, including 20 PFFs, are dispatched; of the B-17s, 58 hit Conde sur Noireau, 60 hit Flers, and 54 hit Falaise; of the B-24s, 66 hit A...
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D-Day - Juno Beach, Bernieres-sur-Mer (Overlay II)

D-Day - Juno Beach, Bernieres-sur-Mer (Overlay II)

Le Régiment de la Chaudière was formed following the fusion of the Regiments of Dorchester and Beauce on the 15th of December, 1936. The regiment was sent to England in August 1941, but would see no action until the D-Day landings of June 1944. Le Régiment de la Chaudière came ashore at Bernières-sur-Mer after The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, surprising the locals who hadn't expected to find f...
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D-Day - Caen bombing on 6 June 1944

D-Day - Caen bombing on 6 June 1944

During the Battle of Normandy in World War II, Caen saw intense and bitter combat between Allied and Axis forces. After the landing of the British I Corps at Sword Beach on June 6, 1944, progress of the Allied Forces stalled outside Caen. British and Canadian troops finally broke through on July 9, after an intense bombing campaign during Operation Charnwood that destroyed much of the city but ...
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461st BG (H), Mission 119, Isotta Fraschini Works, Milan, Italy

461st BG (H), Mission 119, Isotta Fraschini Works, Milan, Italy

461st BG (H), Mission #119
20 October 1944
Target: Isotta Fraschini Works, Milan, Italy

After having hammered away despite adverse weather conditions in Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Germany for three weeks in October, the Group was assigned on 20 October to attack the lightly defended Isotta Fraschini Works at Milan, Italy. Weather conditions on this mission were e...
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Stornara Airfield - Home of the 456th Bomb Group

Stornara Airfield - Home of the 456th Bomb Group

The 456th Bomb Group (Heavy) was an air combat unit of the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. A "heavy bombardment group," the 456th operated B-24 Liberator aircraft and was known unofficially as "Steed's Flying Colts," after its commander.

The 456th Bomb Group flew 249 bombing missions from Italy while assigned to the Fifteenth Air Fo...
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464th BG (H), Mission 127, Devinska Nova Ves - Marshalling Yard

464th BG (H), Mission 127, Devinska Nova Ves - Marshalling Yard

6 December 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): 270+ B-17s and B-24s attack marshalling yards at Graz, Austria; Szombathely, Sopron, Nagycenk, Hegyeshalom, and the town of Zalaegerszey, Hungary; Maribor, Yugoslavia; and Bratislava, and Devinska Nova Ves, Czechoslovakia, plus scattered targets of opportunity; P-51s and P-38s escort the bombers, cover Royal Air Force (...
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456th BG (H), Mission 158, Hodonin Marshalling Yard

456th BG (H), Mission 158, Hodonin Marshalling Yard

20 November 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): 192 B-24s and B-17s bomb the Blechhammer S oil refinery in Germany and the town of Prerov, Czechoslovakia, a target of opportunity; 284 others encounter bad weather and attack several alternate targets and targets of opportunity in Czechoslovakia including the town of Zlin and marshalling yards at Brno, Hodonin, and Br...
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Sinking of the ENOURA MARU in Takao (Kao-hsiung) on 9th January 1945

Sinking of the ENOURA MARU in Takao (Kao-hsiung) on 9th January 1945

On December 27, 1944 the POWs that survived the attacks on the Oryoku Maru were loaded into the cargo holds of two ships - the Enoura Maru and the Brazil Maru - for the voyage to Takao, Formosa where they arrived on December 31, 1944. On January 6, 1945 the Japanese consolidated all surviving POWs into the holds of the Enoura Maru. On January 9, 1945 the Enoura Maru was still in the harbor at T...
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Crash site of two B-24 Bombers from 392nd BG near Meitze

Crash site of two B-24 Bombers from 392nd BG near Meitze

This aerial photo, taken in 1945, has been edited to show how close to each other the Bishop and Kamenitsa planes crashed.

More information about this Berlin bombing mission of 392nd BG: http://www.b24.net/stories/annette.htm
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Recon over Juelich, Germany

Recon over Juelich, Germany

Captain T. A. Roberts flew sortie #2032 over Jülich, northeast of Aachen, on the afternoon of December 16, 1944. Earlier that morning about 50 miles to the southeast, the Wehrmacht had launched a massive offensive through the Ardennes forest and ignited what came to be known as the Battle of the Bulge.
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Recon over Muenster, Germany

Recon over Muenster, Germany

33rd PRS sortie #2121 of January 1, 1945 over Münster flown by Captain John G. Austin.

The prominent three-pronged area in the foreground is the Schlossgarten, part of the grounds of the 18th century Schloss, a large palace originally built as a Roman Catholic episcopal residence. It later became the home of the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster). ...
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Eschweiler, Germany

Eschweiler, Germany

This unlabeled bomb damage assessment photo from a 33rd Photo Recon Squadron mission shows a portion of the 30-square-mile section of the German city of Eschweiler located behind the Siegfried Line. It was bombed by the 8th Air Force in November 1944 before being overrun by US infantry a few days later.
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Dueren, Germany

Dueren, Germany

A recon photo of the German city of Düren taken as part of sortie 33/2032 of December 16, 1944, flown by Captain T. A. Roberts of the 33rd Photo Recon Squadron. Located on the east bank of the Roer River, the city was a center of fierce fighting during the Battle of the Bulge, which began on the day this photo was taken.
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44th BG (H), Mission, Livorno (Leghorn) Marshalling Yard

44th BG (H), Mission, Livorno (Leghorn) Marshalling Yard

Major damage inflictedby allied bombing to the docks and port installations at Leghorn on the north west coast of Italy.
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Dresden after the air raids 1945

Dresden after the air raids 1945

All photographs were taken on 18 April 1945, one day after the last big raid on the city.

Dresden was both an important garrison as well as a centre of military industry during the Second World War. The bombing of Dresden by the Royal Air Force and by the United States Army Air Force between February 13 and February 15, 1945, remains one of the more controversial Allied actions o...
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Dubova refinery before bombing by 15th Air Force

Dubova refinery before bombing by 15th Air Force

Aerial view of the Dubová refinery, taken on August 20, 1944 before the bombing, which started at 10:48.

460+ B-24s and B-17s, some fighter-escorted, bomb the airfield and marshalling yard at Szolnok, Hungary and oil refineries at Dubova, Czechoslovakia, and Czechowice and Auschwitz, Poland.
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