Military Cinema Presents Combat film of the 301st BG in WWII on DVD. The heaviest and most severe bombing offensive against the city was done by the British on the night of October 22 to 23, 1943. Here’s an animation (using CARTO) of all 178,263 WWII bombing missions from the database: And here is a map of all the bombing missions colored by aircraft type. It would be one hour and three minutes before Göring returned to their radio speakers. Cory Graff is an air museum curator, exhibit developer, and author of 10 books. The records include U.S. and Royal Air Force data, as well as some Australian, New Zealand and South African air force missions. Sergeant “Lofty” Fletcher summed the mission up in a few nervous sentences, seemingly more intimidated by reporters than combat: “We got over to the other side…and we…we approached Berlin above the cloud.
“I was playing [cards] in the crew room when my driver first told me we were going on an op,” Sergeant Richard Charles “Lofty” Fletcher later told reporters. They even found out what time the Luftwaffe commandant was due to step to the podium at the Air Ministry Building—exactly 1100. There appears to be a single bomb dropped on Australian soil, it claims to be a submarine wake but it’s about 200m inland(Bay St, Tathra), is this just a slight error in the coordinates or a bad miss?
Thanks for the comment! All in all, Berlin became the target of about 363 air raids between 1940-1945, from British, American and Soviet war planes. By the 14th the situation was no clearer and US bombing missions were resumed. By now, the ground defenses around the city were on full alert and sending up withering fire in great fusillades.
Towards the end of WWII, Pforzheim, southwestern Germany town, became a target for a series of bombing campaigns. 1.
WWII (1939-1945) saw various atrocious developments when it came to warfare set in a backdrop of mass destruction of humans due to their ethnicity, religious beliefs and even political loyalty. Bombing missions were being flown nearly every day, although substantive strategic targets were harder to find.
We added our contributions to the festivities and, uh…headed for home. No worries, I rather enjoyed looking at it. |, (© Hugh W. Cowin Aviation Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library), (© Philip Jarrett / Aviationimages.com Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library). or It suffered the loss of about 10,000 civilians between the months of March to August 1945.
Among the most recent of his aviation titles is P-51 Mustang: 75 Years of America’s Most Famous Warbird, Zenith Press, 2015. Royal Air Force leaders had dispatched orders to a pair of Mosquito squadrons experienced in low-level attacks.
One of the many unforgettable scenes British citizens will never forget from the WWII is the London Blitz – from the German word “blitzkrieg” or “lightning war”.
Change ). The India/Bangladesh one seems to have raids on 3 separate dates, which is interesting. This attack is considered the single most destructive bombing campaign ever.
Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. WWII (1939-1945) saw various atrocious developments when it came to warfare set in a backdrop of mass destruction of humans due to their ethnicity, religious beliefs and even political loyalty. The British Royal Air Force fanned out a total of 569 bombers over the city’s center and the compact explosion that ensued from the 1,800-tons of bombs released – incendiaries among them – worked out a deadly firestorm resulting to the deaths of at least 10,000 people; the flames from the explosion even burned until seven days after the attack. 8.
All B-26s transferred to 9th Air Force. With bomb doors open and Merlin engines at their limits, the wail from a trio of de Havilland Mosquitos mixed with blasts from anti-aircraft batteries below. The 400-mph Mosquitos were undertaking the RAF’s first daylight bombing attack on Germany’s largest city. The mission was almost completed when one of the retreating bombers was struck by anti-aircraft fire. ( Log Out / Listing of all 8th AFHS missions flown by B-17, B-24, B-26 and fighters during WW II and their targets in Europe which were attacked. As what then British prime Minister Winston Churchill pointed out, “we will never give up” and they never did! It didn’t take a top-level English spy to figure out that Göring’s remarks would be transmitted to the far corners of the Third Reich. That’s what happened when I saw a tweet from @JulesGrandin about the THOR database.
Post was not sent - check your email addresses! With bomb doors open and Merlin engines at their limits, the wail from a trio of de Havilland Mosquitos mixed with blasts from anti-aircraft batteries below. Probably mistakes too. ( Log Out / 5. 7 in E major to a puzzled nation. When the Americans came and liberated Kassel, it only had 50,000 remaining inhabitants; in 1939 the city’s total population had been 236,000. BERLIN (1940-1945) – 20,000 to 50,000 deaths. Cactus, Speedbird, and Other Great Call Signs, Want to See a Fighter Jet Fly Low and Fast?
As a matter of fact, almost 90% of the bombs dropped in Japan’s capital were done by B-29s. The campaign dubbed Operation Gomorrah almost wiped out the whole city from the map.
Here’s an animation (using CARTO) of all 178,263 WWII bombing missions from the database: And here is a map of all the bombing missions colored by aircraft type. This page from the Defense Digital Service provides some more interesting tidbits gleaned from the WWII data. Darmstadt was not really a natural bombing target unlike other German cities; it was, after all, not an industrial town but a university one with the Merck chemical factory being the only main industry. PFORZHEIM (APRIL 1944-MARCH 1945) – 21,200 deaths. The Fieseler aircraft plant, Henschel tank-making facilities as well as the railway works and engine works were all based there. “I must admit I was a bit shattered when I found out it was Berlin.”.
But the Niger one seems legit. Still fuming, Göring rode in his limousine to another speaking engagement. Almost all the homes were burned down by the fire which resulted from the explosion and an estimated 12,300 deaths resulted from the attack.
Below are what we deemed as WWII’s top ten most destructive bombing campaigns.
105 Squadron howled across Berlin. ( Log Out /
The death toll released by the Nazi-controlled German press in 1945 was as high as 200,000.
and the pair of raids in Niger (1 RAF, 1 USAF) are all very curious. The Mosquito crashed some 50 miles from the target, killing Squadron Leader Donald F.W.