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:
1. 307 B-17s are sent to hit t...
Photographs of Helgoland taken before and after the attack by Bomber Command on 18 April 1945.
Left - 16 April 1945
Right - 19 April 1945
18th April 1945
969 aircraft - 617 Lancasters, 332 Halifaxes, 20 Mosquitos - of all groups attacked the naval base at Heligoland, the airfield and the town on this small island. The bombing was accurate and the target areas...
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...
There were eleven Dachu sub-camps near Landsberg am Lech, all with the name Kaufering, numbered I through XI. Kaufering I and Kaufering IV had been designated as sick camps for prisoners who could no longer work. Kaufering IV was liberated by the 12th Armored Division on April 27, 1945 with help from soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, who arrived on April 28, 1945.
This picture was taken on 23 April 1945 and shows the moonscape like island. The large craters are from the 5 tons Tallboy bombs, which where dropped in the air raid.
Helgoland, April 18/19, 1945
969 aircraft - 617 Avro Lancasters, 332 Handley Page Halifaxes, 20 de Havilland Mosquitos of all groups - successfully used Tallboys to bomb the Naval base, airfield, and town int...
All photographs were taken on 18 April 1945, one day after the last big raid on the city.
Dresden was both an important garrison as well as a centre of military industry during the Second World War. The bombing of Dresden by the Royal Air Force and by the United States Army Air Force between February 13 and February 15, 1945, remains one of the more controversial Allied actions o...
The construction of this underground bunker complex began in 1939. Due the enormous threat of air bombing it was decided to transfer the headquarters of the Oberkommandos der Kriegsmarine (OKM) seated in Berlin to this complex. From 30 January 1943 till 19 April 1945 "Koralle" remained in this function. The Befehlshabers der U-Boote (BdU), which directed all of the U-boat activities, ...
Picture was taken by the 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron.
The 14th flew combat reconnaissance missions in the European Theater of Operations from, 12 August 1943–25 April 1945 and conducted damage assessment of Germany until 23 July 1945.
Semi-permanent heavy bomber airfield used by Fifteenth Air Force. Built by COE beginning in Sep 1943. One PSP runway with extensive taxiway and hardstand parking areas. Steel control tower. Opened 14 Mar 1944. Last combat operations flown in late April 1945. Closed on 4 Jul 1945. Today is agricultural area with no structures or any facilities in existence, however extensive evidence of land sca...
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