RAF hit new vital target

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RAF hit new vital target

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Article on attack on new and vital target - Germany's largest and most important research and development establishment - Peenemunde. Mosquitos attacked Berlin and Fighter Command intruders carried out attacks on airfields. Heaviest Bomber Command losses since 21 June 1943.

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IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1943-08-19

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Claire Monk

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One newspaper cutting

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NMadgettHR190610-11

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[inserted] EVENING STANDARD 19TH AUG. 1943 [/inserted]

R.A.F. Hit New Vital Target

BOMBER COMMAND LAST NIGHT MADE A HEAVEY ATTACK ON A NEW AND VITAL TARGET – GERMANY’S LARGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENT.

This is at Pennemunde, on the Baltic coast, 60 miles north-west of Stettin. It had not been raided before.

The attack was made in bright moonlight – so bright that conditions approximated to daylight.

“First reports indicated that the attack was well concentrated, say an Air Ministry communique.

“A great number of enemy aircraft were encounters “Several of these were destroyed

“Mosquitoes bombed objective on Berlin.

“Fighter command intruders carried out many attacks on air fields and railways targets in France, the Low Countries and North-West Germany.

“Four enemy aircraft were destroyed. 41 bombers and one fighter are missing.”

This is the heaviest loss Bomber Command have borne since the night of June 21, when 44 were lost on a heave attack on Krefeld.

The attack should be considered in conjunction with the United States raids yesterday on Schweinfurt and Regensburg. All were precision blows at special objectives of outstanding importance.

The Peenemunde establishment deals with high grade development work on aircraft, radiolocation and armament.

There were also raid alerts in Northern Italy last night, for the fourth successive night, but there has been no report of any attack by home-based bombers.

Citation

Evening Standard, “RAF hit new vital target,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 13, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19015.

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