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RAF Bombing Raid at Brest on 18 December 1941 - Related Files

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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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Pearl Harbor IX (Overlay), December 10, 1941

Pearl Harbor IX (Overlay), December 10, 1941

Vertical aerial view of "Battleship Row", beside Ford Island, on 10 December 1941, three days after the Japanese raid.
Ships seen are (from left to right): USS Arizona, burned out and sunk, with oil streaming from her bunkers; USS Tennessee with USS West Virginia sunk alongside; and USS Maryland with USS Oklahoma capsized alongside.
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Pearl Harbor VII (Overlay), December 10, 1941

Pearl Harbor VII (Overlay), December 10, 1941

Vertical aerial photograph of the Ford Island Naval Air Station's seaplane base on 10 December 1941, three days after the Japanese air raid. One hangar has suffered major damage, with about a third of its roof destroyed. Among the planes in the area are about seventeen PBY patrol planes, many with ailerons and flaps missing.
USS Curtiss (AV-4) is docked at right.
Part of the Pearl...
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WWII U-Boat Bunker, Brest, France

WWII U-Boat Bunker, Brest, France

The building of the U-boat bunker started in January 1941 and in September 1941 the first boat, U-372, used the first ready pen. The U-boat bunker at Brest was 333 metres wide, 192 metres long and roughly 17 metres high. The area covered was a record 52,000 square metres. The bunker was actually two structures, the first consisting of 13 pens, A to E and 1 to 8, the second of pens 9 and 10. The...
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WWII City of Bergkamen after heavy bombing raid USAF

WWII City of Bergkamen after heavy bombing raid USAF

WWII City of Bergkamen after heavy bombing raid USAF. Picture made in February 1945. Berkamen (Northrhine-Westfalia) was one of the most destroyed small towns in Germany. Aim of the bombing raids were the coal mines and the Chemische Werke - today Schering AG
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Results of the Plymouth Blitz in 1940 - Torpoint

Results of the Plymouth Blitz in 1940 - Torpoint

This view of Torpoint shows the effects of German bombing. The townís location west of Plymouth meant that it sustained heavy bomb damage during the Plymouth Blitz in early 1941. Towards the left is the circular concrete hard standing of a barrage balloon base. To the right of this a row of terraced houses has been cleared after being destroyed during a bombing raid. Following this street down ...
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Pearl Harbor X (Overlay), December 10, 1941

Pearl Harbor X (Overlay), December 10, 1941

Vertical aerial view of the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 10 December 1941, showing damage from the Japanese raid three days earlier.

In upper center is the floating drydock YFD-2, with the destroyer Shaw (DD-373), whose bow was blown off, floating at an angle at one end.

The torpedoed cruiser Helena (CL-50) is in Drydock Number Two, in center, for repairs. She was the fir...
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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...
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La Pallice german U-Boat Bunker, France

La Pallice german U-Boat Bunker, France

From September 1940 was La Pallice the alternative base for the Italian Betasom submarines (the main base of operations being Bordeaux). The 3rd Flotilla took over the base on October 27, 1941.

In April 1941 the German Command decided to build also a bunker in La Pallice. The first two pens were finished in October 1941. The U-boat bunker was 195 m wide, 165 m long and 19m high....
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RAF bombing Brest, France 1944

RAF bombing Brest, France 1944

You can see some piers out of order and a ship bombed in the drydock.
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Pearl Harbor VIII (Overlay), December 10, 1941

Pearl Harbor VIII (Overlay), December 10, 1941

Aerial view of "Battleship Row" moorings on the southern side of Ford Island, 10 December 1941, showing damage from the Japanese raid three days earlier.

In upper left is the sunken USS California (BB-44), with smaller vessels clustered around her.

Diagonally, from left center to lower right are:

USS Maryland (BB-46), lightly damaged, with the capsized USS...
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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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