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Offenbach bomb strike

Offenbach bomb strike

The view of Offenbach near Frankfurt, Germany from inside a B-17 at 20,000 ft. The main bombing target was the marshalling yards at the railroad.
Rating of 311/02/20052,253Google Earth Logo
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Bridge of Remagen (overlay)

Bridge of Remagen (overlay)

The Ludendorff Bridge was a railroad bridge across the Rhine in Germany, connecting the cities of Remagen and Erpel.

The bridge is famous for its capture by Allied forces in the Second World War. The bridge was an important strategic point in WWII because it was the only remaining bridge which led over the Rhine River into Germany and Berlin.

he bridge had been bui...
Rating of 311/02/20051,577Google Earth Logo
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381st Bomb Group 1945

381st Bomb Group 1945

Aerial pictures of some missions flown by the 381st Bomb Group, 8th Air Fleet USAAF
No rating yet11/02/2005705Google Earth Logo
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381st Bomb Group 1944

381st Bomb Group 1944

Aerial pictures of some missions flown by the 381st Bomb Group, 8th Air Fleet USAAF
No rating yet11/02/20051,014Google Earth Logo
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381st Bomb Group 1943

381st Bomb Group 1943

Aerial pictures of some missions flown by the 381st Bomb Group, 8th Air Fleet USAAF
No rating yet11/02/2005774Google Earth Logo
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Nordhausen bomb strike, 4 April 1945

Nordhausen bomb strike, 4 April 1945

243 Lancasters and 1 Mosquito of No 5 Group, with 8 Pathfinder Mosquitos, attacked the barracks and the town of Nordhausen, which was severely damaged. 1 Lancaster lost.
Rating of 310/31/2005995Google Earth Logo
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Duelmen bomb strike, 22 March 1945

Duelmen bomb strike, 22 March 1945

Attack on Dülmen by 130 aircraft - 106 Halifaxes, 12 Lancasters, 12 Mosquitos - of Nos 4 and 8 Groups. No aircraft lost. This was an area attack and the town was soon burning after a concentrated raid in clear weather conditions. No other details are available.
Rating of 110/31/2005735Google Earth Logo
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Dreye bomb strike, 21 March 1945

Dreye bomb strike, 21 March 1945

20 Lancasters of No 617 Squadron attacked the Arberger railway bridge just outside Bremen. 2 piers of the bridge were destroyed. 1 Lancaster lost.
Rating of 310/31/20051,321Google Earth Logo
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Bremen bomb strike, 21 March 1945

Bremen bomb strike, 21 March 1945

133 Lancasters and 6 Mosquitos of Nos 1 and 8 Groups attacked the Deutsche Vacuum oil refinery at Bremen .This appeared to be an accurate raid in clear weather conditions. No aircraft lost.
Rating of 310/31/20051,168Google Earth Logo
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Rheine bomb strike, 21 March 1945

Rheine bomb strike, 21 March 1945

178 aircraft - 150 Halifaxes, 16 Lancasters, 12 Mosquitos - of Nos 4, 6 and 8 Groups carried out an accurate attack upon the railway yards and the surrounding town area at Rheine. 1 Lancaster lost.
Rating of 410/31/2005983Google Earth Logo
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Solingen bomb raid, 5 November 1944

Solingen bomb raid, 5 November 1944

173 Lancasters of No 3 Group carried out a G-H raid on Solingen. 1 Lancaster lost. Results of the raid were not observed, because of the complete cloud cover, but German reports show that this was an outstanding success. Most of the bombing fell accurately into the medium-sized town of Solingen. 1,300 houses and 18 industrial buildings were destroyed and 1,600 more buildings were severely damaged.
No rating yet10/31/2005970Google Earth Logo
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Cologne bomb raid,  28 October 1944

Cologne bomb raid, 28 October 1944

733 aircraft - 28 Lancasters, 286 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos. 4 Halifaxes and 3 Lancasters lost. The bombing took place in 2 separate waves and the local report confirms that enormous damage was caused. The districts of Mülheim and Zollstock, north-east and south-west of the centre respectively, became the centre of the 2 raids and were both devastated. Much damage was caused to power-stations, ra...
Rating of 110/31/2005976Google Earth Logo
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Cologne 16-17 October 1944

Cologne 16-17 October 1944

39 Mosquitos dispatched to Cologne without loss.
Rating of 410/31/2005872Google Earth Logo
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Muenster bomb strike, 12 September 1944

Muenster bomb strike, 12 September 1944

119 Halifaxes of No 4 Group and 5 Pathfinder Lancasters carried out the first raid by RAF heavies on Münster since June 1943. 2 Halifaxes were lost. Many fires were seen but smoke prevented an accurate assessment of the bombing results. A brief report from Münster describes a 'sea of fire' in the southern part of the town which could not be entered for several hours and tells of water mains des...
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Aachen bomb strike,  27-28 May 1944

Aachen bomb strike, 27-28 May 1944

162 Lancasters and 8 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups to attack the Rothe Erde railway yards at Aachen. 12 Lancasters lost, 7.0 per cent of the force. The railway lines at the yards, which were not seriously hit in the raid of 2 nights earlier, were now severely damaged and all through traffic was halted. A large proportion of delayed-action bombs were dropped. The local people were impressed...
Rating of 410/31/2005876Google Earth Logo
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Antwerpen bomb strike, October 1940

Antwerpen bomb strike, October 1940

Bomber Command paid some visit to Antwerpen and caused considerable amount of damage
Rating of 3.33333333310/31/2005808Google Earth Logo
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Recce picture of Dunkerque, September 1940

Recce picture of Dunkerque, September 1940

Invasion vessels massed in the port of Dunkerque.
Rating of 310/31/2005749Google Earth Logo
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Recce pic of Kiel, 3 July 1940

Recce pic of Kiel, 3 July 1940


1. Scharnhorst
2. Seagoing s/ms
3. Lützow
4. Hipper class cruiser
5. K class cruiser
6. 3 Oceangoing s/ms
7. Cruiser Minelayers
8. Torpedo Boats
9. 3 seagoing s/ms
10. Sail Training Ship
11. Destroyer under repair
12. Tanker 570'
13. Tanker 570'
14. Liner 500'
15. Tanker 400'
16. Liner...
Rating of 210/31/20051,450Google Earth Logo
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Maastricht bomb strike, 11-12 May 1940

Maastricht bomb strike, 11-12 May 1940

11 Blenheims lost out of a force of 42 ordered to attack Bridges near Maastricht, Hasselt and Tongres to stop advancing enemy troops. AASF aircraft continue to suffer alarming losses. Six Battles from No 12 Squadron are detailed to attack the vital bridges in the Maastricht area still standing after the previous day's failed attempts to destroy them. One of the aircraft went unserviceable prior...
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Bochum bomb strike, 12-13 June 1943

Bochum bomb strike, 12-13 June 1943

503 aircraft - 323 Lancasters, 167 Halifaxes, 11 Mosquitos to Bochum.

This raid took place over a completely cloud-covered target but accurate Oboe skymarking enabled the all Lancaster/Halifax Main Force to cause severe damage to the centre of Bochum. 14 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes lost, 4.8 per cent of the force.
Rating of 1.66666666610/29/2005857Google Earth Logo
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Muenster bomb strike, 11-12 June 1943

Muenster bomb strike, 11-12 June 1943

72 aircraft - 29 Lancasters, 22 Halifaxes, 21 Stirlings - were dispatched on an interesting raid. All the aircraft were provided by No 8 Group and it was really a mass H2S trial. 33 of the aircraft carried markers or flares, the remaining aircraft acting as the bombing force, although the marker aircraft also bombed. The marking and bombing were very accurate and the whole raid lasted less than...
Rating of 1.66666666610/29/2005880Google Earth Logo
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Duesseldorf bomb strike, 11-12 June 1943

Duesseldorf bomb strike, 11-12 June 1943

783 aircraft - 326 Lancasters, 202 Halifaxes, 143 Wellingtons, 99 Stirlings, 13 Mosquitos. The Pathfinder marking plan proceeded excellently until an Oboe Mosquito inadvertently released a load of target indicators 14 miles north-east of the target area. This caused part of the Main Force to waste its bombs on open country. But the main bombing caused extensive damage in the centre of Düsseldor...
Rating of 2.66666666610/29/2005892Google Earth Logo
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Brest bomb strike, 5 April 1943

Brest bomb strike, 5 April 1943

12 Venturas attacked a tanker at Brest. The ship was not hit but nearby dock installations were. 3 Venturas were lost.
Rating of 2.33333333310/29/2005842Google Earth Logo
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Nuremberg bomb strike, 8-9 March 1943

Nuremberg bomb strike, 8-9 March 1943

335 aircraft - 170 Lancasters, 103 Halifaxes, 62 Stirlings - to Nuremberg. 8 aircraft - 4 Stirlings, 2 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters - lost, 2.4 per cent of the force.

This distant raid had to be marked by a combination of H2S and visual means. The Pathfinders had no moon to help them and, although there was no cloud, they found that haze prevented accurate visual identification of the...
Rating of 2.7510/29/2005929Google Earth Logo
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Berlin bomb strike, 17-18 January 1943

Berlin bomb strike, 17-18 January 1943

170 Lancasters and 17 Halifaxes repeated the raid on Berlin. The weather was better than on the previous night but the Pathfinders were again unable to mark the centre of the city and again the bombing fell mainly in the southern areas. The Bomber Command report stated that the Daimler-Benz factory was hit, either during this night or during the raid of the previous night, but this is not confi...
Rating of 1.66666666610/29/20051,169Google Earth Logo
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