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London aerial view 1940

London aerial view 1940

This photo shows the place where now the Millenium Dome stands.

'Image from Cities Revealed« aerial photography, ę The GeoInformation Group, 2001'
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Sword Beach - 6th June 1944

Sword Beach - 6th June 1944

British Forces (2nd East Yorks) landing late morning on Sword Beach, west of Ouistreham. The first major target for this sector was the capture of Pegasus Bridge.
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Omaha Beach - 6th June 1944

Omaha Beach - 6th June 1944

The US First Army under Lt. General Omar Bradley, pictured here in the early stages of the assault. This was perhaps the most fiercely fought over of the five beaches.
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First attack of the RAFs new Lancaster bomber against Augsburg

First attack of the RAFs new Lancaster bomber against Augsburg

Twelve of Bomber Command's new Lancaster heavy bombers were dispatched unescorted on a daring low-level raid 500 miles across France and Germany to attempt a precision attack on the MAN factory at Augsburg where U-boat engines were built.
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Eder Dam three days before operation Chastise

Eder Dam three days before operation Chastise

The attack on the Eder dam

The Eder valley was heavily fogged but not defended. The tricky topography of the surrounding hills made the approach difficult and the first aircraft, Shannon's, made six runs before taking a break. Maudslay (Z for Zebra) then attempted a run but the bomb struck the top of the dam and the aircraft was caught in the blast. Shannon made another run and ...
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Cologne 22 June 1945

Cologne 22 June 1945

1 month after the VE-Day, this picture shows the main railway station and the cathedral of Cologne.
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97th BG (H), Mission 285, St. Etienne Marshalling Yard

97th BG (H), Mission 285, St. Etienne Marshalling Yard

26 May 1944

On this day 984 french citizen died and more than 1100 buildings were destroyed.
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461st BG (H), Mission 73, Prahova Oil Refinery

461st BG (H), Mission 73, Prahova Oil Refinery

31 July 1944

Back to Bucharest for the last mission of the month with the usual results over that target area. The target was the Prahova Oil Refinery which is located near the railroad tracks in the northwest section of the City. The cloud coverage was five tenths. As usual there was moderate, inaccurate flak. Only 8.8 percent of the bombs were scored within a 1000 feet of the ...
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461st BG (H), Mission 65, Munich - Oberschleissheim Aerodrome

461st BG (H), Mission 65, Munich - Oberschleissheim Aerodrome

19 July 1944

Success still crowned the efforts of Major Burke as a Group leader on the difficult mission to the Schleissheim Airdrome Installations at Munich. The target was partially obscured by clouds and the flak holed eighteen of the twenty-three planes over the target, but 43 percent of the 1000 pound general purpose bombs were within 1000 feet of the briefed aiming point.
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461st BG (H), Mission 59, Toulon Submarine Base

461st BG (H), Mission 59, Toulon Submarine Base

11 July 1944

Lt. Colonel Applegate led the Group in an attack on submarines stationed in the harbor of Toulon. The weather was excellent and the Germans were slow in starting their smoke pots. The flak was only moderate in intensity. For some reason, however, most of the bombs overshot the target to the right with only fair results.
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461st BG (H), Mission 76, Miramas Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 76, Miramas Marshalling Yard

6 August 1944

For this mission the strategy of the Fifteenth Air Force, which at the time was not being revealed to Group personnel, continued to anticipate the invasion of southern France. The target was a large Marshalling Yard in the comparatively small town of Miramas, France. With excellent weather, no fighter opposition, and not much flak at the target, Major Goree and Lt....
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461st BG (H), Mission 60, Nimes Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 60, Nimes Marshalling Yard

12 July 1944

By the 12th of the month several of the crews had completed their fifty sorties. Upward of 100 combat crew members had been sent back to the United States on a rotation basis. Other crews were at rest camps. The number of crews available, consequently, was limited. For this mission it was decided to fly a formation of four flights instead of the customary six flight...
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461st BG (H), Mission 46, Szony Oil Storage

461st BG (H), Mission 46, Szony Oil Storage

14 June 1944

The Air Force was still slaving away at German oil. The Group bombardiers were still hot. With CAVU weather, no enemy fighters, and only slight flak the 461st got 39 percent of its bombs within 1000 feet of the center of impact on the oil storage installations at Szony, Hungary.
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461st BG (H), Mission 50, Korneuburg Refineries

461st BG (H), Mission 50, Korneuburg Refineries

26 June 1944

For its fiftieth mission the Group was back again to an oil target. The target, a concentrated one, was a refinery in the open country near the small town of Korneuburg in Austria. Lt. Colonel Knapp led the formation. The pilot of the lead plane was a new one in the number one position of "A" Flight of the first attack unit, Lt. Alkire. The target was obsc...
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461st BG (H), Mission 51, City of Bucharest on Pathfinder

461st BG (H), Mission 51, City of Bucharest on Pathfinder

28 June 1944

With the intentions of cutting the railroad lines connecting Bucharest and Ploesti, the Air Force again assigned the Chitila Marshalling Yard at Bucharest to the Group as a target. As has been the case on many of the missions which Colonel Glantzberg had led, poor weather hindered the success of the mission. A great deal of bad weather was experienced en route to th...
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461st BG (H), Mission 53, Budapest Rakos Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 53, Budapest Rakos Marshalling Yard

2 July 1944

The change in the old order of things began with the very first mission in July. The target was the Rakos Marshalling Yard in Budapest, Hungary. Although the Group had not bombed in Budapest since the 13th of April, crew members remember well that city as a hot target. On the occasion of this mission there was plenty of flak but not too much of it was within range of...
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461st BG (H), Mission 55, Beziers Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 55, Beziers Marshalling Yard

5 July 1944

The third target of the month was located in the third country in which the Group had bombed during the month of July. The target was the large Marshalling Yard at Beziers, France. The purpose in hitting this target was that of hampering the movement of two German divisions from Southwest France to the fighting front in Normandy. Photographs of this mission are most ...
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461st BG (H), Mission 56, Aviano Oil Storage

461st BG (H), Mission 56, Aviano Oil Storage

6 July 1944

The target for Mission No. 56, which was approximately 600 feet square, was probably the smallest target ever assigned to this Group. It was an oil storage plant in open country near an airdrome at the Town of Aviano, Italy. Major Burke continued to be the fair-haired Group leader when a score of 48 percent was recorded for this mission. Then 1st Lt. Ausbon E. Aldred...
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461st BG (H), Mission 37, Szolnok Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 37, Szolnok Marshalling Yard

2 June 1944

The month of June began auspiciously with an excellent mission against the Marshalling Yards at Szolnok, Hungary. Captain Dooley led the Group with Colonel Glantzberg leading the second section. Good weather, but little flak, no enemy fighters.
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461st BG (H), Mission 38, Orelle Railroad Bridge and Viaduct

461st BG (H), Mission 38, Orelle Railroad Bridge and Viaduct

4 June 1944

The target for this mission was a pinpoint target in the Alps Mountains. A railroad bridge and viaduct at Orelle, Italy. The Group maintained its poor record against bridges by missing the target because of the failure of the formation leaders to properly identify the target.
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461st BG (H), Mission 39, Fornovo di Taro Railroad Bridge

461st BG (H), Mission 39, Fornovo di Taro Railroad Bridge

5 June 1944

On this mission Lt. Colonel Hawes took his turn at missing a railroad bridge. The primary target was a railroad bridge at Borgo Val di Tare on the East side of the Apennines. This target was obscured by built-up cumulus clouds. After making three unsuccessful attempts to locate the target, the Group flew across to the west side of the Apennines to attack the First Al...
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461st BG (H), Mission 41, Antheor Railroad Viaduct

461st BG (H), Mission 41, Antheor Railroad Viaduct

7 June 1944

Major Dooley celebrated his promotion by leading the first successful Group mission ever flown by this Group against a railroad viaduct. The target was at Antheor, France. A high overcast made it necessary to drop the bomb run to 18,000 feet. Using 1,000 pounders the bombardiers turned in a score of 49 percent in placing several hits directly on the viaduct. All plan...
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461st BG (H), Mission 43, Porto Marghera Refinery

461st BG (H), Mission 43, Porto Marghera Refinery

10 June 1944

On the 6th of June many of the groups in the Fifteenth Air Force had gone to Ploesti. On the 10th of June, the Air Force resumed its policy of bombing the enemy sources of oil supply. Our mission was against the oil refinery of Porto Marghera, Italy. The 765th Squadron Bombardier, Lt. Murphy, found the target for the other bombardiers who turned in an excellent scor...
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461st BG (H), Mission 185 (Red Force), Ora Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 185 (Red Force), Ora Marshalling Yard

28 February 1945

The busy month of February ended with another double header mission. The target for both Forces was the marshalling yard at Ora, Italy. Major Roberts, still flushing from his promotion, completed his tour of combat duty by leading the Red Force on this mission. The bombs were dropped visually on this "hot" target for a score of 15.6 percent. Nine of th...
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461st BG (H), Mission 197, Wels Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 197, Wels Marshalling Yard

20 March 1945

Lt. Colonel Hardy led a six box formation in attacking the Wels Main Marshalling Yard, Austria, on 20 March. Again 100 pound general purpose bombs were used. Despite an eight-tenths cloud coverage at the target, the bombing was done visually. As had repeatedly been the case during the month when the Group was attacking marshalling yards of secondary - importance, t...
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