1,004 aircraft - 599 Lancasters, 385 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos, 1 Lightning - attacked 9 airfields in Holland and Belgium in preparation for a renewed night offensive against Germany. Visibility was perfect and all raids were considered successful. 3 Lancasters lost.
This is a collection of most of the airfields used by the Royal Airforce defending Great Britain in the Battle of Britain in WWII.
Some airfields may torn down, I wasn't able to find all of them. Some positions of airfields are uncertain as there is no longer an airfield but due to size and shape it might be a former airfield.
Corrections, suggestions and comments are welcome.
In 1939 the Belgian government decided to built a military airbase near Chièvres. The preparatory work starting at the end of the same year.
After the German invasion of Belgium on May 10 1940, the Germans occupied the area on May 19 1940 and install the JG 26; that will remain until early June.
In June 1940 started the construction of the buildings of the German airbase.
Eben-Emael was a Belgian fortress in between Liège and Maastricht, near the Albert Canal, defending the Belgian-German border. Constructed in 1931-1935, it was reputed to be impregnable. But on 10 May 1940, 85 German parachute troopers landed in the fortress with gliders (type DFS 230). One day later, they were reinforced by the German 151st Infantry Regiment. At 13:30 h on 11 May, the fortress...
Baarle-Hertog is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Baarle-Hertog proper. On January 1, 2006 Baarle-Hertog had a total population of 2,306. The total area is 7.48 km² which gives a population density of 308 inhabitants per km².
Baarle-Hertog is noted for its complicated border...
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 2 missions are flown. Mission 906: Air attacks in preparation for the lower Rhine River crossing by Allied ground forces continue; 1,331 bombers and 662 fighters attack barracks and military encampments in the Ruhr and airfields in Germany visually; they claim 27-1-12 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 and 3 P-51s are lost: 1. 99 of...
Eben-Emael was a Belgian fortress between Liège and Maastricht, near the Albert Canal, defending the Belgian-German border. Constructed in 1931–1935, it was reputed to be impregnable and at the time, the largest in the world. But on 10 May 1940, 78 paratroopers of the German 7th Flieger (later 1st Fallschirmjäger Division) landed on the fortress with gliders (type DFS 230), armed with special ...
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