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Aerial photo of Station 137 - Lavenham-Alpheton

Aerial photo of Station 137 - Lavenham-Alpheton

Home of the 487th Bomb Group (H) from 22. Sep. 1943 to 7. Nov. 1945.

The group flew both the B-24 Liberator and the B-17 Flying Fortress as part of the Eighth Air Force's strategic bombing campaign and began combat in May 1944, bombing airfields in France in preparation for the invasion of Normandy; then pounded coastal defenses, road junctions, bridges and locomotives during th...
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Post-strike photo of Cologne raid, 2 March 1945

Post-strike photo of Cologne raid, 2 March 1945

Six weeks after this final raid on what remained of Cologne, this photo was taken and shows the bombed-out remains of the city.

858 aircraft - 531 Lancasters, 303 Halifaxes, 24 Mosquitos - raided Cologne in 2 waves. 6 Lancasters and 2 Halifaxes were lost and 1 Halifax crashed in Belgium. The first raid was carried out by 703 aircraft and the second by 155 Lancasters of No 3 Grou...
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Orote Peninsula, Guam, 6 June 1945

Orote Peninsula, Guam, 6 June 1945

Aerial view looking down on the peninsula. No evidence remains of the Sumay Marine Detachment or the village of Sumay.

On December 8, 1941, Japanese forces landed on Guam and defeated a relatively small and poorly equipped ground force consisting of U. S. Marines and sailors and natives of Guam serving in the Navy Insular Guard. As the Spaniards and the Americans did before them...
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Amiens-Longeau Marshalling Yards, 16-17 March 1944

Amiens-Longeau Marshalling Yards, 16-17 March 1944

130 aircraft - 81 Halifaxes, 41 Stirlings, 8 Mosquitos - repeated the previous night's attack on Amiens. No aircraft lost. The Bomber Command report again reported successful bombing.
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Attack on Belloy-Sur-Somme V-Weapon site, 6 July 1944

Attack on Belloy-Sur-Somme V-Weapon site, 6 July 1944

Mission 456:
In the late afternoon 73 of 104 B-17s and 148 of 176 B-24s strike 6 V-weapon sites and supply installations, 3 railroad bridges, a highway bridge, and an airfield in N France. Escort is provided by 443 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-47 is lost; afterwards a squadron of P-47s dive-bombs 3 airfields in the Conches area.
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Post Incendiary Strike, Nagoya, 13 March 1945

Post Incendiary Strike, Nagoya, 13 March 1945

Twentieth Air Force
Mission 41:

Attacking at altitudes ranging from 5,100 to 8,500 feet (1,554 to 2,591 m), 285 of 310 B-29s bomb the Nagoya, Japan urban area with incendiaries during the night of 11/12 Mar destroying 2.05 square miles (5.31 square km); 6 others hit a secondary target; 1 B-29 is lost.
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Harburg oil refinery attack, 7-8 March 1945

Harburg oil refinery attack, 7-8 March 1945

234 Lancasters and 7 Mosquitos of No 5 Group carried out an accurate attack on the oil refinery at Harburg. 14 Lancasters lost. No 189 Squadron, from Fulbeck, lost 4 of its 16 Lancasters on the raid. One local report states that a rubber factory was seriously damaged as well as the oil targets.
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Post Incendiary Strikes, Tokyo, 28 May 1945

Post Incendiary Strikes, Tokyo, 28 May 1945

Twentieth Air Force
Mission 40:

During the predawn hours, 279 B-29s, of 325 airborne, blast the Tokyo urban area with incendiaries, destroying 267,171 buildings, about one-fourth in the city, killing 83,793 and wounding 40,918 people and destroying 15.8 square miles (40.9 square km); this death total is the highest of any single day's action during the war, exceeding the...
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Dornier Do17Z over the Thames River in 1940

Dornier Do17Z over the Thames River in 1940

During an attack on a unknown target in the Battle over Britain.
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Heinkel He111 over London 1940

Heinkel He111 over London 1940

Picture taken by an attack of the german Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain.
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Krupp works at Essen before and after the attack of the RAF, 23-24 October

Krupp works at Essen before and after the attack of the RAF, 23-24 October

1,055 aircraft - 561 Lancasters, 463 Halifaxes, 31 Mosquitos - to Essen. This was the heaviest raid on this target so far in the war and the number of aircraft dispatched was also the greatest number to any target so far; these new records were achieved without the Lancasters of No 5 Group being included. 5 Lancasters and 3 Halifaxes were lost. 4,538 tons of bombs were dropped. More than 90 per...
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8th Airforce Bombing Raid against the Submarine Pens of St. Nazaire, 29 May

8th Airforce Bombing Raid against the Submarine Pens of St. Nazaire, 29 May

VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 61:

169 B-17's are dispatched against the submarine pens and locks at Saint-Nazaire, France; 147 aircraft hit the target at 1706-1711 hours local; we claim 6-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 8 B-17's, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 58 are damaged; casualties are 10 WIA and 71 MIA. 7 YB-40's, heavily armored B-17's with increased firepower for es...
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Ijmuiden Steelworks, 9 January 1943

Ijmuiden Steelworks, 9 January 1943

12 Venturas dispatched to Ijmuiden steelworks, 12 Bostons to Abbeville airfields and 7 Mosquitos to railway targets at Mons and Rouen.
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Regunning USS California (BB-44) at Pearl Harbor

Regunning USS California (BB-44) at Pearl Harbor

At the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 18 July 1942, during reinstallation of her 14"/50 main battery guns. A large floating crane is alongside her starboard bow, placing a gun in Turret # 1. Guns are also visible in Turret # 3, whose top has not yet been put in place.

Note anti-torpedo nets protecting the ship.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer docks, 17 May 1942

Boulogne-sur-Mer docks, 17 May 1942

12 Bostons to Boulogne docks which were accurately bombed without loss to the Bostons.
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First major raid against Germany, Target Luebeck, 28-29 March 1942

First major raid against Germany, Target Luebeck, 28-29 March 1942

234 aircraft - 146 Wellingtons, 41 Hampdens, 26 Stirlings, 21 Manchesters. 12 aircraft - 7 Wellingtons, 3 Stirlings, 1 Hampden, 1 Manchester - lost.

This raid was the first major success for Bomber Command against a German target. The attack was carried out in good visibility, with the help of an almost full moon and, because of the light defences of this target, from a low level...
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First RAF raid against Stuttgart, 24-25 July 1944

First RAF raid against Stuttgart, 24-25 July 1944

461 Lancasters and 153 Halifaxes to Stuttgart. 17 Lancasters and 4 Halifaxes lost, 4.6 per cent of the force. This was the first of 3 heavy raids on Stuttgart in 5 nights and the only report available is a composite one for the 3 raids. The 3 raids caused the most serious damage of the war in the central districts of Stuttgart which, being situated in a series of narrow valleys, had eluded Bomb...
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Culmont Railway Depot, 12-13 July 1944

Culmont Railway Depot, 12-13 July 1944

378 Lancasters and 7 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 5 and 8 Groups attacked railway targets at Culmont, Revigny and Tours. Culmont and Tours were accurately bombed but cloud interfered with the all-No 1 Group raid at Revigny and only half of the force bombed. 10 Lancasters were lost on the Revigny raid and 2 on the Culmont raid.
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Bombed railway yard at Valenciennes , 15-16 June 1944

Bombed railway yard at Valenciennes , 15-16 June 1944

224 aircraft - 184 Lancasters, 30 Stirlings, 10 Mosquitos - of Nos 3 and 8 Groups attacked railway yards at Lens and Valenciennes. The raids took place in clear visibility and both targets were accurately bombed. 6 Lancasters were lost from the Lens raid and 5 Lancasters from Valenciennes.
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Railway Bridge Destroyed at Saumur, 31 May-1 June 1944

Railway Bridge Destroyed at Saumur, 31 May-1 June 1944

82 Lancasters and 4 Mosquitos of No 5 Group attacked and destroyed a railway junction at Saumur without loss.
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Saumur Tunnel, 9th June 1944

Saumur Tunnel, 9th June 1944

The first 12,000-lb Tallboy bombs developed by Barnes Wallis were used on this night by 617 Squadron in a raid on a railway tunnel near Saumur, 125 miles south of the battle area. The raid was prepared in great haste because a German Panzer unit was expected to move by train through the tunnel. The target area was illuminated with flares by 4 Lancasters of 83 Squadron and marked at low level by...
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Destroyed Bridge at Orleans

Destroyed Bridge at Orleans

Bombed by the RAF May 1944.
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Tours-Parcay Airfield, 7-8 May 1944

Tours-Parcay Airfield, 7-8 May 1944

53 Lancasters and 8 Mosquitos of No 5 Group bombed the airfield at Tours and caused much damage. 1 Lancaster and 1 Mosquito lost.
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Ball Bearing Factory at Annecy, 9-10 May 1944

Ball Bearing Factory at Annecy, 9-10 May 1944

39 Lancasters and 4 Mosquitos of No 5 Group to a small ball-bearing factory at Annecy on the France-Switzerland border. Weather en route was very bad and only 2 Mosquito marker aircraft reached the target, but the factory was accurately bombed. No aircraft lost.
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Neunkirchen Marshalling Yard Damage

Neunkirchen Marshalling Yard Damage

Ninth AF 2nd Phase Interpretation Report US10/D SPECIAL

DATE: 15 Jan 45, HOUR: 1300A

PERIOD UNDER REVIEW: This report covers all damage to annotated area through 15 Jan 45.

COVER: The M/Y is covered on prints of good quality.

STATEMENT: Within the dotted lines is evidence of a terrific explosion. The area of devastation measures ap...
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