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Messerschmitt Aircraft Plant in Augsburg-Haunstetten, 11 August 1944

Messerschmitt Aircraft Plant in Augsburg-Haunstetten, 11 August 1944

Photo taken August 11, 1944 from a Spitfire MK XI of the 14th Squadron of the 7th PRG.

As the seat of a factory of the powerful Messerschmitt corporation, Haunstetten became a wartime production center during World War II. Two large production centers, Werk III and Werk IV were located in Haunstetten, in what is now Universitätsviertel, although now these production facilities b...
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Basdorf BMW Engine Factory, 6 August 1944

Basdorf BMW Engine Factory, 6 August 1944

Sortie 2732 of the 7th PRG flown on August 6, 1944 in Spitfire MK XI PA 944.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Mission 428: 1,234 bombers and 1,170 fighters are dispatched to hit targets in Germany; 45 bombers and 4 fighters are lost:
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4. Of 207 B-17s, 103 hit Berlin, 80 hit Basdorf and 5 hit targets of...
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Oschersleben Airfield, 30 May 1944

Oschersleben Airfield, 30 May 1944

Luftwaffe airfield Germany May 30, 1944 bomb damage assessment. This was a Focke Wulf factory airfield. Many aircraft are visible on ground a number of which are destroyed. There seem to be a number of flak batteries as well.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO): Loading of assault forces for Operation OVERLORD (invasion of Normandy) begins.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (...
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BMW AeroEngine Plant in Munich-Allach, 11 August 1944

BMW AeroEngine Plant in Munich-Allach, 11 August 1944

The factory is still in use and is owned by the Krauss Maffei Company. Two of the buildings have unique camouflage.
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Montdidier Airfield, 17 July 1944

Montdidier Airfield, 17 July 1944

Montdidier Airfield on July 17, 1944. This was for bomb damage assessment. The airfield looks abandoned.

FRIDAY, 14 JULY 1944
Mission 473: During the evening 131 B-24s are dispatched to hit airfields in France; 54 hit Montdidier Airfield and 39 hit Peronne Airfield; 9 B-24s are damaged. 40 other B-24s fail to bomb because of failure of blind-bombing equipment. Escort is ...
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Kassel-Waldau Airfield in July-August 1944

Kassel-Waldau Airfield in July-August 1944

Bomb damage assesment photo taken from a Spitfire MK XI of the 7th PRG.
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458th BG (H), Bad Reichenhall, 25 April 1945

458th BG (H), Bad Reichenhall, 25 April 1945

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 2 missions are flown. Mission 968: 589 bombers and 486 fighters fly the final heavy bomber mission against an industrial target, airfields and rail targets in SE Germany and Czechoslovakia; they claim 1-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft (including an Ar 234 jet); 6 bombers and 1 fighter are lost:

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458th BG (H), Lechfeld Airfield, 9 April 1945 - B-24 goes down

458th BG (H), Lechfeld Airfield, 9 April 1945 - B-24 goes down

A bomb strike camera caught "Final Approach" in her final moments.

On April 9, 1944 the 458th BG flew their 222nd mission to the airfield at Lechfeld, Germany. On the bomb run, “Final Approach”, flown by 2Lt Leonard Abramowitz, "...suffered a direct flak hit on bomb run almost simultaneously with bomb release. #2 Engine went on fire and A/C went into power dive in...
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Brandenburg-Neuendorf Airfield, 6 August 1944

Brandenburg-Neuendorf Airfield, 6 August 1944

Portion of a Luftwaffe airfield in a photo taken on August 6, 1944 from a Spitfire MK XI of the 7th PRG.

There are some Heinkel He 177 in the splitter boxes at teh middle left side. Also four Fighter (Bf 109?) in the upper right sector, maybe it's the airfield security swarm.
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Halberstadt Airfield with a He111Z Zwilling - 7 July 1944

Halberstadt Airfield with a He111Z Zwilling - 7 July 1944

Luftwaffe airfield Halberstadt Germany. Lots of aircraft on the ground July 7, 1944 including a Heinkel 111Z or "Zwilling" glider tug. There were a total of 12 built.

Photo was taken by John S. Blyth flying a Sptifire MK XI. He was based at Mt Farm, UK with the 14th Squadron of the 7th PRG USAAF.

Source: Flickr
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LVIII Panzer Corps Attack Sept 25-29 1944 Lorraine France

LVIII Panzer Corps Attack Sept 25-29 1944 Lorraine France

Topo map showing the LVIII Panzer Corps Attacks from Sept 25-29 1944 in Lorraine France
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Cussy-Authie Normandy June 6 1944 Aerial Image

Cussy-Authie Normandy June 6 1944 Aerial Image

Aerial reconnaissance photo of the Cussy-Authie-Franqueville area (Northwest of Caen), Calvados France, July 6th 1944.
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Stendal Airfield near Berlin, 6 August 1944

Stendal Airfield near Berlin, 6 August 1944

The mission over Berlin lasted approximately 30 minutes which was a long time to spend over that fine city during that period. Half a dozen Messerschmitt Bf 109 can be seen on the left side.

Photo was taken by John S. Blyth flying a Sptifire MK XI. He was based at Mt Farm, UK with the 14th Squadron of the 7th PRG USAAF.

Source: Flickr
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D-Day - Juno Beach, 6 June 1944

D-Day - Juno Beach, 6 June 1944

British an d Canadian Forces landing in the morning of D-Day, 6th June 1944. The poster shows allied forces of the 3rd Canadian Division beginning their breakout from the coast past of the port of Courseulles-sur-Mer.
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D-Day - Juno Beach at 12 June 1944

D-Day - Juno Beach at 12 June 1944

Juno Beach was one of the landing sites for Allied invaders on the coast of Normandy during D-Day. It was situated between Sword Beach and Gold Beach. It is also known as the Canadian beach, as it was assigned to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division (with the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade). Juno Beach stretched from Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer on the east to Courseulles-sur-Mer on the west. Both assault ...
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8th Air Force, Stralsund, 6 October 1944

8th Air Force, Stralsund, 6 October 1944

447 B-17s are dispatched to hit Stargard Airfield (199), aircraft factories at Neubrandenburg (73) and Stettin (12); targets of opportunity are Stralsund (110), Kappeln (36), Freienwalde (1) and other (1); 1 B-17 is lost and 34 damaged; 9 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 180 of 202 P-51s; they claim 3-1-3 aircraft in the air and 30-0-14 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA), 2 damag...
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8th Air Force, Hamburg Shipyard

8th Air Force, Hamburg Shipyard

Aerial view of smoke from damage inflicted during an air raid attack by elements of the American 8th Air Force on the Howaldstwerke Shipyards, an important U-boat center.
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8th Air Force, Stargard Airfield, 6 October 1944

8th Air Force, Stargard Airfield, 6 October 1944

447 B-17s are dispatched to hit Stargard Airfield (199), aircraft factories at Neubrandenburg (73) and Stettin (12); targets of opportunity are Stralsund (110), Kappeln (36), Freienwalde (1) and other (1); 1 B-17 is lost and 34 damaged; 9 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 180 of 202 P-51s; they claim 3-1-3 aircraft in the air and 30-0-14 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA), 2 damag...
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8th Air Force, Monheim Oil Depot, 15 October 1944

8th Air Force, Monheim Oil Depot, 15 October 1944

369 B-24s are dispatched to hit oil facilities at Monheim/Rhenania (64) and Reisholz (61) visually; secondary targets are Cologne/Gereon marshalling yard (185) and Dormigeon (13); targets of opportunity are Worringen (12), Cologne Airfield (12) and Limburg marshalling yard (6); 1 B-24 is lost and 106 damaged; 3 B-24s are lost and 106 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 10 MIA. Escort is provid...
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Carpiquet airbase 1944

Carpiquet airbase 1944

This air base saw heavy fights during Opeation Overlord. Build in 1937, it was conquered in June 1940 by the Wehrmacht and becaom ethe home base of a German bomber squadron.

Actually Carpiquet air base should had been taken during D-Day, but the Allies didn't succeed. Canadian forces attacked the airfield on 04.07.1944 (Operation WIndsor). It was finally taken by 08.07.44.
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Aerial Picture of Ypres with the Menin Gate

Aerial Picture of Ypres with the Menin Gate

Ypres was a strategic position during World War I because it stood in the path of Germany's planned sweep across the rest of Belgium and into France from the North (the Schlieffen Plan). Moreover, the neutrality of Belgium was guaranteed by Britain: Germany's invasion of Belgium brought the British Empire into the war. The German army surrounded the city on three sides, bombarding it throughout...
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Aerial photo of Polygon Wood race track on 7 July 1917

Aerial photo of Polygon Wood race track on 7 July 1917

The Battle of Polygon Wood, 25-27 September 1917, was part of the wider Third Battle of Ypres (First World War). It came during the second phase of the battle, in which General Herbert Plumer’s Second Army was given the lead. Plumer replaced the ambitious general assaults that had begun the battle with a series of small attacks with limited objectives – his “Bite and hold” plan. These attacks i...
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Haubourdin Aerodrome under Attack - 17 October 1918

Haubourdin Aerodrome under Attack - 17 October 1918

Aerial photograph of smoke billowing from hangars set on fire during bombardment by aircraft of No. 80 Wing, RAF. The Wing included No. 2 and No. 4 Squadrons, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). Three hangars were destroyed in the air attack. Note the (De Havilland) DH9 aircraft flying over the airfield.
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Fort Douaumont after the Battle of Verdun 1917

Fort Douaumont after the Battle of Verdun 1917

Both sides suffered very heavy casualties during the ten months of the Battle of Verdun. Sources do not agree on the number of casualties suffered during the battle. In some, French loses were 61,000 dead, 101,000 missing and 216,000 wounded, a total of 378,000 while German loses were 142,000 killed or missing and 187,000 wounded, for a total of 329,000. Other sources give higher figures – Fren...
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Fort Douaumont before the Battle of Verdun 1916

Fort Douaumont before the Battle of Verdun 1916

The construction work for Fort de Douaumont started in 1885 and the fort was continually reinforced until 1913. The fort is situated on some of the highest ground in the area. It has a total surface area of 30,000 square metres and is approximately 400 metres long, with two subterranean levels protected by a steel reinforced concrete roof 12 metres thick. The fort was equipped with numerous arm...
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