Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe by John R. Bruning

By John R. Bruning

Bombs Away! covers strategic bombing in Europe in the course of international warfare II, that's, all aerial bombardment of a strategic nature which happened among 1939 and 1945. as well as American (U.S. military Air Forces) and British (RAF Bomber Command) strategic aerial campaigns opposed to Germany, this ebook covers German use of strategic bombing through the Nazi’s conquest of Europe: the conflict of england, Operation Barbarossa, and the V 1 and V 2, the place the Luftwaffe special Warsaw and Rotterdam (known because the Rotterdam Blitz). furthermore, the ebook covers the blitzes opposed to London and the bombing of different British business and port towns, comparable to Birmingham, Liverpool, Southampton, Manchester, Bristol, Belfast, Cardiff, and Coventry bombed throughout the conflict of Britain.

the dual Allied campaigns opposed to Germany—the USAAF via day, the RAF via night—built up into tremendous bombing of German business components, significantly the Ruhr, through assaults at once on towns reminiscent of Hamburg, Kassel, Pforzheim, Mainz, Cologne, Bremen, Essen, Düsseldorf, Hanover, Dortmund, Frankfurt, and the nonetheless arguable fire-bombing of Hamburg and Dresden. as well as noticeable ambitions like plane and tank brands, ball bearing factories and vegetation that synthetic abrasives and grinding wheels have been excessive precedence targets.

Petroleum refineries have been a key aim with USAAF airplane established in North Africa and later Italy, bombing the large refinery complexes in and round Ploesti, Romania, till August 1944 while the Soviet crimson military captured the world. different missions incorporated commercial objectives in southern Germany like Regensburg and Schweinfurt.

Missions to the Nazi capital, Berlin, begun in 1940 and endured via March 1945. in the course of the conflict there have been 314 air raids on Berlin.

All of this can be coated intimately with authoritative textual content and enormous quantities of archival photos, many infrequent or by no means earlier than published.

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On 10 February the Eighth turned its attention away from Frankfurt to strike at Brunswick. The change of target cost the Americans 29 of their heavy bombers. The Luftwaffe claimed 52, including three Herausschiisse and two 'final destructions' - 27 of the claims were submitted by the Fw 190 pilots ofJGs 1 and 11. The JG 1 claimants included several already familiar names. Geschwaderkommodore Oberst Walter 'Guile' Oesau was credited with his third, while 2. Staffel's Oberfeldwebel Erich Demuth joined the ranks of the aces by getting his fifth, as did 4.

JG 1 teaming up with I. /JG 2 6 to form a Gefechtsverband, or massed 'battle formation' - an early example of a practice that was to become increasingly common as the campaign progressed. The FockeWulfs launched their assault on the B - l 7 s over the Dutch-German Bombs burst in the wake of the 94th BG's 'Virgin's Delight'during the strike against Marienburg on 9 October. This Fortress - more formally GL-V/42-3352 - would be shot into the North Sea by Luftwaffe fighters during a later raid on Bremen on 29 November 1943 border when the Americans were just minutes away from their target.

The Eighth Air Force's 11 February attack on Frankfurt cost it just five Flying Fortresses. The defending Focke-Wulfs claimed six. /JG 11 's sole victory was the second B-17 for FahnenjunkerFeldwebel Dreizehner, while I. /JG 26's trio of kills included a fifth Defence of the Reich heavy bomber for 3. Staffel's Oberfeldwebel Erich Scheyda (the remaining pair of Flying Fortresses were credited to the Sturmstaffel).

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