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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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Sainte Mere Eglise - Operation Detroit, 6 June 1944

Sainte Mere Eglise - Operation Detroit, 6 June 1944

During World War II, Operation Detroit was the insertion, by parachute and glider, of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division into Normandy on the night of 5–6 June 1944 as part of Operation Overlord. The drop zone for the 82nd Airborne was around Sainte-Mère-Église, to the west of Utah beach, intending to protect the western flank of the invasion.

The objective of the division was to s...
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Sainte Mere Eglise, 24 May 1944

Sainte Mere Eglise, 24 May 1944

Aerial picture taken thirteen days before D-Day.
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Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944 (Overlay I)

Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944 (Overlay I)

Aerial view, Easy red sector between Exit D3 and Exit E1, taken 6 June 1944 at 1230 hrs.

(Photograph U.S. National Archives)
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Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944 (Overlay II)

Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944 (Overlay II)

Detailed aerial view, Exit D3, taken 6 June 1944 at 1230 hrs.

(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

See also overall view of Easy Red:
http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile25563/Omaha-Beach,-6-June-1944-(Overlay-I).htm
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Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944 (Overlay III)

Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944 (Overlay III)

Detailed aerial view, Exit E1, taken 6 June 1944 at 1230 hrs.

(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

See also overall view of Easy Red:
http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile25563/Omaha-Beach,-6-June-1944-(Overlay-I).htm
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461st BG (H), Mission 78, Almasfuzito Oil Refinery

461st BG (H), Mission 78, Almasfuzito Oil Refinery

9 August 1944

The veteran team of Lt. Colonel Knapp, Captain Strong, Lt. King, Lt. Coles, and Lt. Sullivan came through with their second superior mission of the young month when they scored 62 percent on the oil refinery at Almasfuzito, Hungary. Conditions for the attack were ideal -- CAVU weather, no fighters, and not too much flak. Although Captain Strong and Lt. Sullivan did...
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Sainte Mere Eglise, 6 June 1944

Sainte Mere Eglise, 6 June 1944

Aerial view, 6 June 1944. In the lower right corner we can see the location of the crash of the C-47 # 42-92868, 313th TCG, Chalk number #16, serial 22, piloted by 1st Lt. William Robert Roycraft. All the crew members in the plane were killed in the crash.
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340th BG, Mission 704, Bressana-Buttarone Railroad Bridge

340th BG, Mission 704, Bressana-Buttarone Railroad Bridge

27 January 1945

In Italy, bad weather during the morning causes all medium bombers to abort except for an attack on a bridge at Bressana Bottarone; XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers continue the interdiction of communications with good results against motor transport, trains, rail lines, bridges, and storage dumps.
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Downtown Beirut 1982

Downtown Beirut 1982

Aerial photo of Beirut downtown 1982 after the Israeli invasion.
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Battle of Passchendaele 1917

Battle of Passchendaele 1917

Overlays from the village before and after the battle.

The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres or simply Third Ypres, was one of the major battles of World War I. In this battle, British, ANZAC, Canadian and South African units engaged the Imperial German Army. The battle was fought for control of the village of Passchendaele (now called Passenda...
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