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D-Day - Juno Beach, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

D-Day - Juno Beach, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

The special tanks opened a breach in the Atlantic Wall

On 6 June 1944, the North Shore Regiment of the 5th Canadian Brigade landed in Normandy on Juno Beach. They fought against a regiment of the 716th German Infantry Division. The Company A progression was easy west of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer while the Company B hit many obstacles. The support of the Fort Garry Horse amphibious tan...
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D-Day at Juno Beach, 6 June 1944

D-Day at Juno Beach, 6 June 1944

The aerial photo shows the sectors Nan Green and Nan White at the canadian landing beach.

Juno is the codename for the beach assigned to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Right in the middle of the britsh sector, between Gold to the west and Sword to the east, this beach is 7km long and located between the villages of Graye-sur-Mer and St-Aubin-sur-Mer.

The coa...
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Crash of the Bomber Hard to Get in Brunkensen at 7 April 1945

Crash of the Bomber Hard to Get in Brunkensen at 7 April 1945

This B17-G of the 570th Bomb Squadron was shot down by a Messerschmitt Me262 at their 55 mission (Group Mission 291).

All crew members bailed out and captured as POWs.
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Bomb craters near Remagen

Bomb craters near Remagen

Aerial picture of the area between Remagen and Kripp with bomb craters. The picture was taken from a british recon aircraft at 30 January 1945.
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RAF HARROWBEER - WWII Airfield

RAF HARROWBEER - WWII Airfield

Historical interest - archive WWII air photo matching surviving relic structures. Although no longer physically visible on the ground, the surviving runway layout is clearly visible from the air - enhanced by the dry conditions - and ties in well to the WWII imagery.
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491st BG (H), Mission 27, Villacoublay Airfield

491st BG (H), Mission 27, Villacoublay Airfield

On 25 June the Group returned to Paris and again lost one to the vicious flak over that city. The B-24 (44-40129) flown by 1st Lt. Marvin W. Butler of the 855th took a direct burst in the bomb bay and broke in two just aft of the wing. "The tail section floated down slow and easy like a big box kite," but nobody saw any chutes.

8th USAAF Strategic Operations from 25 Ju...
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305th BG (H), Mission, Renault Armament Works Paris

305th BG (H), Mission, Renault Armament Works Paris

4 April 1943

VIII Bomber Command Mission 49:
97 B-17's of the 1st Bombardment Wing are dispatched against industrial installations in the Paris, France area including the Renault armament works and motor works. 85 aircraft drop 251 tons of bombs on the target between 1414 and 1417 local and cause severe damage. We claim 47-13-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 4 B-17s and 16 ...
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340th BG, Mission, Pizzighettone Railroad Bridge

340th BG, Mission, Pizzighettone Railroad Bridge

24 February 1945

In Italy during the night of 23/24 Feb, A-20s bomb marshalling yards, including those at Castelfranco Veneto, Rovereto, Villafranca di Verona, and Legnago, and airfields at Villafranca di Verona, Ghedi, and Bergamo; medium bombers bomb rail lines, bridges, bridge approaches, and fills at Bozzolo, Santa Margherita d'Adige, San Michele all'Adige, Pizzighetone, and...
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340th BG (M), Mission, Sofia Marshalling Yard

340th BG (M), Mission, Sofia Marshalling Yard

14 November 1943

The first air raid of the Bulgarian capital was carried out on 14 November 1943 by 91 B-25 Mitchell bombers. 47 buildings and structures were destroyed, 59 civilians and military men were killed and over 128 were injured.
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486th BG (H), Target map of Rouen Marshalling Yard

486th BG (H), Target map of Rouen Marshalling Yard

Photographed on 15 August 1943
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486th BG (H), Target map of Breslau

486th BG (H), Target map of Breslau

Breslau was never hit by bombs from the USAAF. It was later destroyed by the Red Army and heavily bombed at eastern 1945.
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Ahlhorn Airfield after the attack of 21 February 1944

Ahlhorn Airfield after the attack of 21 February 1944

1. 336 B-17s are dispatched to the Gutersloh, Lippstadt and Werl Airfields; because of thick overcast, 285 hit Achmer, Hopsten, Rheine, Diepholz, Quakenbruck and Bramsche Airfields and the marshalling yards at Coevorden and Lingen; they claim 12-5-8 Luftwaffe aircraft; 8 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 63 damaged; casualties are 4 KIA, 13 WIA and 75 MIA.

2. 281 B-17s...
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466th BG (H), Mission 137, Karlsruhe Marshalling Yard

466th BG (H), Mission 137, Karlsruhe Marshalling Yard

5 November 1944

The 466th BG put up 35 a/c, and dropped 26,000 lbs. of bombs on the marshalling yards on this mission
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Ahlhorn Airfield before the attack of 21 February 1944

Ahlhorn Airfield before the attack of 21 February 1944

In the last week of February 1944 the USAAF 8th AF started an offensive against the German warplane industry, later known as the 'Big Week' offensive. On Sunday February 20th, the USAAF launches an attacks on German aircraft plants and airfields. For the first time, over 1,000 bombers are dispatched. Despite bad weather the following, the 8th AF launched another heavy attack on the German war i...
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St. Pauls Cathedral in World War II

St. Pauls Cathedral in World War II

Bombed area in central London
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Bridges across the Orne River south of Caen

Bridges across the Orne River south of Caen

Here's the original photo interpreter's comments from the back of the photo: "Two of the three bridges over the Orne at Thury-Harcourt. They still stand despite the many bombs aimed at them. The A.A. defence has only appeared during the last weekand indicates the value the enemy places on the bridges"
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Sommervieu Airfield, 5 July 1944

Sommervieu Airfield, 5 July 1944

Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) B.8 near Sommervieu, Normandy, France.

The airfield was completed by 22 June 1944 and was 1200m lond and 40m wide.
Some british squadrons (39 Recce Wing (400,168), 74 Squadron, 145 Wing (329,340,341)) were stationed here after the invasion.
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398th BG (H), Mission 76, Ludwigshafen Oil Plant

398th BG (H), Mission 76, Ludwigshafen Oil Plant

3 September 1944

Over 300 B-17's bomb Ludwigshafen/Opau synthetic oil plant. 5 escorting P-51 claim 7 combat victories.
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457th BG (H), Mission 236, Seddin Marshalling Yards

457th BG (H), Mission 236, Seddin Marshalling Yards

20 April 1945

The marshalling yards at Seddin, south of Berlin, were the primary target. The Group comprised the 94th C Combat Wing. Lt. Col. Smith was Air Commander.

During assembly, the 41St Combat Wing flew through the assembly area, making it necessary for the 457th to deviate to the left of course in order to avoid a collision. Consequently, the route over E...
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467th BG (H), Mission 94, Clastres Airfield

467th BG (H), Mission 94, Clastres Airfield

Col. Shower led the squadron of nineteen aircraft that took off at 1010 carrying 120 x 500lb GPs and 612 x 100lb GPs. The bombing was visual with good results, the field and runways hit.

Moderate heavy flak at target. No enemy aircraft seen. Fair fighter support.
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Destruction of 17th SS Panzer Grenadier Division Command Post

Destruction of 17th SS Panzer Grenadier Division Command Post

Results of an attack by two squadrons of the 405 Group on the Command Post (CP) of the 17 SS Panzer Grenadier Division. The CP, located at Peltre, France, two miles east of Metz, was dive-bombed on November 8 along with many other CPs in a campaign timed to aid General Patton's offensive in the area. The buildings housing the G-2 and G-3 at Peltre were completely destroyed and most of the occup...
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The destroyed old part of Heilbronn after the December 1944 bombings

The destroyed old part of Heilbronn after the December 1944 bombings

On the evening of 4 December 1944, 282 Lancaster bombers of 627 Squadron and ten escort fighters flew over the city in loose formation. The night was thickly clouded, and this factor altered the approach height for the planes. At 7:18 the first plane flew over, but it was the second plane that dropped 10 bombs with long-term fuses onto the city about one minute later. Immediately after dropping...
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Airfield at Juvincourt, France

Airfield at Juvincourt, France

The airfield at Juvincourt, France, 10 miles north of Reims, which was used as a base for XIX TAC fighter-bombers for many months during the winter of 1944-45.
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461st BG (H), Mission 83, Frejus Beach

461st BG (H), Mission 83, Frejus Beach

15 August 1944

During the afternoon of the 14th, the "hot information" on the big push came down through channels. "H" Hour of "D" Day was to be the break of dawn the morning of 15 August. The invasion was to be aimed at the southern coast of France. Missions of the Fifteenth Air Force in the support of the invasion were four in number: (1) To cause...
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Aerial view of Garbutt airfield in 1943, Townsville

Aerial view of Garbutt airfield in 1943, Townsville

Garbutt aerodrome was initially established as a lightly gravelled runway with a pavement 100 feet wide to carry service aircraft.

When the RAAF base was established at Garbutt the runway was widened to 150 feet. In November 1941, the Commonwealth Works Department requested three runways to be extended to 5,000 feet by the Main Roads Commission (MRC). The Townsville City Council...
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