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Mount Fleury Battery at Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy - May 1944

Mount Fleury Battery at Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy - May 1944

Overhead aerial of the gun battery at Mont Fleury, behind 'King Red' Beach GOLD Area, after air bombardment, showing four medium casemates under construction. Note also the anti-tank ditch, (left), and minefields, (centre top). The battery consisted of four 12.2 cm Polish guns (one in a completed casemate) manned by elements of the German 1260th GHQ Coastal Artillery Battalion, and was captured...
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Bombing the Fives-Lille Steel Plant - 6 July 1941

Bombing the Fives-Lille Steel Plant - 6 July 1941

Annotated vertical aerial photograph taken during a daylight raid on the Fives/Lille steel and engineering works at Lille, France, by Short Stirlings of No. 3 Group. Bombs can be seen exploding on the east side of the works ('1'), while other bombs fall to the east and south-east ('2'). For a short period in July 1941, Stirlings, with a heavy fighter escort, were used in 'Circus' operations wit...
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Bombing of the Hazebrouck Marshalling Yards - 25 June 1941

Bombing of the Hazebrouck Marshalling Yards - 25 June 1941

Vertical aerial photograph taken during a 'Circus' operation by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of Nos 21 and 110 Squadrons RAF, showing bombs bursting on goods trains, trucks, bridges and track at the western end of the marshalling yards at Hazebrouck, France.
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Bombing of the Power Station at Comines - 28 June 1941

Bombing of the Power Station at Comines - 28 June 1941

Annotated vertical aerial photograph taken during a 'Circus' operation by No. 2 Group aircraft, showing an attack on the power station at Comines, France. Explosions and smoke are rising from direct hits on the boiler house, the pump house and the circulating water pipes of the power station (bottom). Direct hits on workers' houses can also be seen within the marked rectangle (middle). 24 Brist...
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Bombing of a power station at Pont-a-Vendin - 30 June 1941

Bombing of a power station at Pont-a-Vendin - 30 June 1941

Vertical aerial photograph taken during a 'Circus' operation by No. 2 Group aircraft, showing smoke rising from direct hits on the generating plant of the power station at Pont-a-Vendin, France, during an attack by 18 Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs drawn from Nos. 18 and 139 Squadrons RAF.
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Bombing of a chemical plant in Chocques - 23 June 1941

Bombing of a chemical plant in Chocques - 23 June 1941

Annotated vertical aerial photograph taken during a 'Circus' operation by a combined force of Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs drawn from Nos. 21, 105 and 110 Squadrons RAF, which attacked the Etabs. Kuhlmann chemical factory at Choques, France. Bombs can be seen exploding on, the power house ('1'), the chemical works ('2'), the railway sidings and rolling stock ('3'), and other buildings believed to ...
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Operation SEALION barges at Dunkirk - 19 September 1940

Operation SEALION barges at Dunkirk - 19 September 1940

Vertical aerial photograph taken from 3,100 feet by Bristol Blenheim Mark IV, T2032, of No. 82 Squadron RAF, of part of the docks at Dunkirk. Invasion barges assembled for Operation SEALION are moored to Mole No. 4 in the Bassins de Freycinet. A number of sunk and damaged barges can be seen at the top of Darse No. 4 (upper right), and the dock buildings to its right are completely destroyed. Tw...
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Bombing of the pontoon bridge near Dinant - 15 May 1940

Bombing of the pontoon bridge near Dinant - 15 May 1940

Vertical aerial photograph taken during a bombing attack by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of Nos. 15 and 40 Squadrons RAF on the pontoon bridge erected by the Germany Army across the River Meuse at Dinant, Belgium, and on associated communications targets. A salvo of bombs can be seen exploding on engineering workshops on the eastern bank and across the river to the railway lines on the opposite si...
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Aerial Photo of Opladen at 22 March 1945

Aerial Photo of Opladen at 22 March 1945

27/28 December 1944
Opladen: 328 aircraft - 227 Halifaxes, 66 Lancasters, 35 Mosquitos. 2 Lancasters lost. 9 of the Mosquitos bombed 3½ hours before the main raid. The aiming point for the attack was the marshalling yards but results are not known.

6 March 1945
TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): In Germany, 260+ A-26s, and B-26s hit Recklinghausen, Siegburg, an...
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Obersalzberg in May 1945 Overlay Compilation

Obersalzberg in May 1945 Overlay Compilation

The Berghof was Adolf Hitler's home in the Obersalzberg of the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden, Germany. Next to the Wolfsschanze this was the place where Hitler spent the most time during World War II and it was also one of the most widely known of Hitler's headquarters which were located throughout Europe. Rebuilt, much expanded and re-named in 1935, the Berghof as such was a functioning res...
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Concentration Camp Buchenwald Overlays

Concentration Camp Buchenwald Overlays

These photos from the United States Strategic Bombing Survey collection show the bombing attack on 24 August 1944. On the first, before the attack - the inmates' camp appears at the upper right, with the SS compound in a semi-circle (and the adjacent buildings), and the Gutsloff armament factory - the actual target - at the lower right. In the second, bombs are hitting the Gutsloff complex and ...
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Ainring Airfield 9th April 1945

Ainring Airfield 9th April 1945

Ainring was only twelve miles from Berchtesgarten and was used by Hitler and Goering when visiting the Berghof. Built as a civil airfield in 1933 Ainring was a base for the German Institute for Gliding (DFS) and had a wide variety of aircraft ranging from transports to helicopters. In early May Ainring was discovered by Americans of the 414th AFA Bn, soon the war would be over.

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RAF Bombing Raid at Brest on 18 December 1941

RAF Bombing Raid at Brest on 18 December 1941

On the morning of 18th December 1941,six aircraft and crews from 35 Squadron took part in a daylight raid against the German Battleships, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in Brest Harbour along with five aircraft from 10 Squadron and six from 76 Squadron.
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Before and after aerial photos of the bombing of Wilhelmshaven

Before and after aerial photos of the bombing of Wilhelmshaven

The German port city of Wilhelmshaven was bombed twice in 1943 -- once by the USAAF on January 27, and again by the RAF Bomber Command on February 11-12. These aerial reconnaissance images show Wilhelmshaven before and after the two bombings. The second bombing, carried out at night, was especially challenging because of dense cloud cover. Planes equipped with the RAF's newly developed H2S grou...
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Chiseldon Camp, Aerial View 1943

Chiseldon Camp, Aerial View 1943

Very little remains of Chiseldon Camp today which could give any hint of the fascinating story behind its existence or its role in the making of British history.

It was a key training facility and staging post for soldiers bound for the First World War, and then the story was repeated during the Second World War.

And there is an intriguing addition to the plot in...
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German Battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst in Brest

German Battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst in Brest

The two ships returned from the open Atlantic to the port of Brest, France, and then started preparations for their next operation. Gneisenau went into the dry dock for minor repairs. In early April, 1941, an unexploded bomb, dropped by RAF Bomber Command bombers during near constant air-raids on the ships, forced Gneisenau out of drydock, and she was anchored in the inner harbor. 22 Squadron o...
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Dortmund Airfield in World War II

Dortmund Airfield in World War II

The former barracks area at the Oesterstrasse (Napier Barracks) is a very large area to redevelop, and this could take a long time to plan and organize.
During the First World War it had been used for Pilot training. After the war plans weremade for it to become an Airport, with Airmail traffic starting in 1921.
The Airfield was known as Dortmund - Brackel.
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Takali or Ta-Qali airfield during the Malta siege 1942

Takali or Ta-Qali airfield during the Malta siege 1942

Aerial photograph of Takali (Ta Qali) taken on 29th April 1942 at the height of Luftwaffe bombing offensive. The devastation is evident. Takali was the main fighter base on Malta and the one where Spitfires were operated. Note the massive reinforced aircraft pens in the upper part of the photo. 285 individual aircraft pens were erected on Malta during three critical months, involving the effort...
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RAF Hullavington Gliding School in 1946

RAF Hullavington Gliding School in 1946

In 1935 the goverment purchased Bell Farm from a Mr F J Huntley, some of his farm buildings, now listed, still stand today in the centre of the military base.

Building started in 1936 as part of the RAF Expansion Scheme. As part of this scheme buildings were designed by modern architects and made to fit into their surroundings using local materials.

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Mistel Type 1 aircraft at Prague Ruzyne

Mistel Type 1 aircraft at Prague Ruzyne

The scheme originally involved packing a war-weary bomber airframe (a Junkers Ju 88 variant) with explosives and guiding it to its target by a fighter aircraft mounted above it on a set of struts. After releasing the bomber, the fighter would return to base. The first such composite aircraft flew in July 1943 and was promising enough to begin a programme by Luftwaffe test unit KG 200, code-name...
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Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, Gold Beach

Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, Gold Beach

Artificial harbour to offload cargo and vehicles after D-Day in Normandy.
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Pointe Du Hoc

Pointe Du Hoc

A few miles east of the small fishing port of Grandcamp, the cliffs form a sheer promontory towering thirty metres above a narrow pebble beach. This is Pointe du Hoc. On this particularly favourable site, the Germans had built a heavy artillery battery capable of raking a wide stretch of coastline. It represented a formidable threat to the two beaches where American troops were going to land: U...
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RAF Birch in September 1944

RAF Birch in September 1944

RAF Birch is a former World War II airfield in England. It is located about 2 miles north-east of Tiptree in Essex.
Birch Airfield was assigned USAAF designation as Station 149.

Birch Airfield was allocated in August 1942 to the United States Army Air Force Eighth Air Force for development into a heavy bomber base but construction work did not get under way until well in...
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RAF Boxted taken on 10 May 1946

RAF Boxted taken on 10 May 1946

RAF Boxted (also known as Langham) is a former World War II airfield in England. The field is located west of the A12 road, three miles north of Colchester, and built almost entirely in the village of Langham in Essex.

The airfield was given the name Boxted, an adjoining village, because there already was an airfield by the name of Langham in north Norfolk. Boxted has the distin...
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RAF Chipping Ongar Airfield on 21 June 1947

RAF Chipping Ongar Airfield on 21 June 1947

RAF Chipping Ongar (also known as Willingale) is a former World War II airfield in England. The field is located chiefly in the parish of Willingale 2 miles north-east from the town of Chipping Ongar and eight miles from Chelmsford in Essex.

Chipping Ongar airfield was one of 15 airfields in Essex that was allocated to the United States Army Air Forces by the Air Ministry in 194...
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