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Wilhelmshaven bomb strike, 11-12 and 18 February 1943

Wilhelmshaven bomb strike, 11-12 and 18 February 1943

Wilhelmshaven. This was an interesting and important raid by 177 aircraft - 129 Lancasters, 40 Halifaxes and 8 Stirlings. The Pathfinders found that the Wilhelmshaven area was completely covered by cloud and they had to employ their least reliable marking method, skymarking by parachute flares using H2S. The marking was carried out with great accuracy and the Main Force bombing was very effecti...
Rating of 110/29/2005876Google Earth Logo
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 Operation Tungsten, April 1944

Operation Tungsten, April 1944

The Admiralty and Commander-in-Chief had decided that the Fleet Air Arm should attack Tirpitz early in April, as soon as the aircraft carrier Victorious had completed her post-refit trials and the date of 4th April was chosen. The attacking force was to be under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Moore and the aircraft carried out practice attacks against targets in Loch Eriboll. The attack ...
Rating of 3.510/27/2005820Google Earth Logo
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Deutschlandhalle, Berlin 1945

Deutschlandhalle, Berlin 1945

201 aircraft - 190 Lancasters, 11 Halifaxes - from the Pathfinders and Nos 1, 4 and 5 Groups were dispatched to Berlin the first attack on the city for 14 months. It marked the first use of proper 'target indicators' and the use of an all 4-engined bombing force. Stirlings were withdrawn from an original plan so that only the higher-flying Lancasters and Halifaxes would participate. Most of the...
No rating yet10/27/2005972Google Earth Logo
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POW camp Stalag Luft VIIa

POW camp Stalag Luft VIIa

This aerial photo of Stalag VIIA and Moosburg in Bavaria was taken by a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft.

Stalag VIIA was a disaster. It was a nest of small compounds separated by barbed wire fences enclosing old, dilapidated barracks crammed closely together. Reportedly, the camp had been built to hold 14,000 French prisoners. In the end, 130,000 POWs of all nationalities and ranks ...
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320th BG. July 1943

320th BG. July 1943

Mission 38,40,43,44,47,50,52 & 55 of the 320th BG. The targets are all in Italy and the islands of Sizily and Sardinia.
No rating yet10/27/2005616Google Earth Logo
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320th BG, June 1943

320th BG, June 1943

Mission 25,27,28,30,31,32,34,35 & 36 of the 320th BG. All targets are on the italian islands od Sicily,Sardinia and Pantelleria.
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320th BG, May 1943

320th BG, May 1943

Mission 13,14,15,18,20,21 & 24 of the 320th BG. The targets are on the islans of Sicily,Sardinia and Pantelleria.
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320th BG, April 1943

320th BG, April 1943

Mission 2 & 4 of the 320th BG (B-26 Marauder) against targets on Sardinia, Italy.
No rating yet10/27/2005535Google Earth Logo
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Den Helder bomb strike, 23 December 1942

Den Helder bomb strike, 23 December 1942

18 Bostons bombed St-Malo docks and 6 Venturas bombed naval installations at Den Helder. The Den Helder bombing was particularly accurate and serious damage was caused to a torpedo workshop and other buildings. No aircraft lost.
Rating of 410/26/2005757Google Earth Logo
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Mainz bomb strike 15 August 1942

Mainz bomb strike 15 August 1942

1 Mosquito to Mainz was lost.
Rating of 310/26/2005809Google Earth Logo
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Osnabrueck bomb strike, 17-18 August 1942

Osnabrueck bomb strike, 17-18 August 1942

139 aircraft of 5 types. 5 aircraft - 3 Wellingtons, 1 Lancaster, 1 Stirling - lost, 3.6 per cent of the force.
111 crews reported accurate bombing. Osnabrück recorded a sharp attack on the north and north-western parts of the town with 77 houses and 4 military buildings destroyed and 125 other buildings seriously damaged, including the town's main hospital, a paper-mill and a copper-wir...
Rating of 110/26/2005674Google Earth Logo
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Renault Factory strike, 3-4 March 1942

Renault Factory strike, 3-4 March 1942

The Renault factory, in the town of Boulogne-Billancourt just west of the centre of Paris, was making an estimated 18,000 lorries a year for the German forces. 235 aircraft - 89 Wellingtons, 48 Hampdens, 29 Stirlings, 26 Manchesters, 23 Whitleys, 20 Halifaxes - were dispatched in 3 waves, the crews of the leading wave being selected for their experience. The plan called for the massed use of fl...
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Vipiteno bomb strike, 8 April 1945

Vipiteno bomb strike, 8 April 1945

Mission: #446
Target type: railroad bridge

Thirty two aircraft of the 376th BG had numerous, excellent hits registered.
No rating yet10/26/2005563Google Earth Logo
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Amstetten bomb strike, 20 March 1945

Amstetten bomb strike, 20 March 1945

Mission: #432
Target type: marshalling yard

The main target of the 376th BG for the day was St. Valentin, Austria Tank Works. The secondary target was St. Polten, Austria, Marshalling Yard.

Of all the bombs dropped, 34% of the bombs from the 512th, 513th, and the 514th were within 1,000 feet of the target at Amstetten. The 515th hit St. Polten. Of the bombs ...
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Graz bomb strike, 19 February 1945

Graz bomb strike, 19 February 1945

Mission: #412
Target type: marshalling yard

The main target was hit with poor results. One squadron bombed Fiume, Italy, Ship Yards (secondary target), also with poor results.
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Wien bomb strike, 22 March 1945

Wien bomb strike, 22 March 1945

Mission: #434

Target type: ordnance depot

Forty aircraft of the 376th BG, loaded with 38 tons of fragmentation bombs and 35 tons of hundred pound bombs, covered the entire area completely.
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Neuburg bomb strike, 24 March 1945

Neuburg bomb strike, 24 March 1945

Mission: #436
Target type: Jet training field

Aerial photos show that the 376th Bomb Group had covered the entire field with clusters of fragmentation bombs.
Rating of 410/26/2005728Google Earth Logo
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Pocket battleship Admiral Scheer

Pocket battleship Admiral Scheer

Wreck of the ship in Kiel, photgraphed shortly after the war.

From July 1945
Work on breaking up the wreck began under the supervision of the British authorities. All valuable metals and the gunhouses and turrets were removed before the bare torso of the ship was abandoned where she lay.

When work commenced on the new naval arsenal, the remains were covere...
Rating of 310/25/20052,111Google Earth Logo
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USAAF Wiener-Neustadt, 1944

USAAF Wiener-Neustadt, 1944

Bomb strike photo of 10 May 1944 mission to Wiener-Neustadt, Austria

(taken from 23,500 ft. by A/C # 42-31808)
Rating of 4.510/25/2005723Google Earth Logo
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The Kristallnacht -Reichskristallnacht- , Germany

The Kristallnacht -Reichskristallnacht- , Germany

Red dots indicate cities where synagogues were destroyed.

Nearly 1,000 synagogues were set afire on November 9, 1938, in an officially orchestrated evening of widespread violence and vandalism of Jewish property. In addition to the burning of synagogues, Jewish businesses and shops were severely vandalized throughout Germany. Josef Goebbels, the propaganda minister under Adolf Hi...
Rating of 3.510/25/20051,368Google Earth Logo
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Misburg Refinery, 15-16 March 1945

Misburg Refinery, 15-16 March 1945

257 Lancasters and 8 Mosquitos of Nos 1 and 8 Groups attacked the Deurag refinery at Misburg, on the outskirts of Hannover. Visibility was good and some fires were started but the main weight of the raid fell south of the target. 4 Lancasters lost.
Rating of 410/25/2005553Google Earth Logo
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The Battle of Alamein, Egypt (Overlay)

The Battle of Alamein, Egypt (Overlay)

The Battle of Alamein, or more correctly the Second Battle of El Alamein, marked a significant turning point in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II. The battle lasted from October 23 to November 3, 1942. Following the First Battle of El Alamein, which had stalled the Axis advance, General Bernard Montgomery took command of the British Commonwealth's Eighth Army from Claude Auchinleck in...
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Duesseldorf, 11-12 June 1943

Duesseldorf, 11-12 June 1943

Düsseldorf: 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 ...
Rating of 010/25/2005702Google Earth Logo
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Bielefeld viaduct 22-23 February 1945

Bielefeld viaduct 22-23 February 1945

73 Mosquitos to Berlin, 6 to Bremen, 4 to Erfurt and 3 on 'siren tours' of various German towns, 35 Lancasters to railway viaducts at Altenbeken and Bielefeld, 48 RCM sorties, 23 Mosquito patrols, 19 aircraft on Resistance operations. 1 Mosquito from the Erfurt raid crashed in Belgium.

Also there is the viaduct in a side view after the attack and the kind of bomb which destroyed it.
Rating of 510/24/20051,459Google Earth Logo
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Lost Area , German 1919 - 1945 (Overlay)

Lost Area , German 1919 - 1945 (Overlay)

German losses after both world wars and numbers killed/expelled. Numbers are high estimates
Rating of 2.510/24/20052,472Google Earth Logo
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