Newspaper article on Bomber Command operations

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Newspaper article on Bomber Command operations

Description

Mentions attack on Dresden and also on Wesel in support of Rhine crossing. German opposition was anti aircraft fire, however squadron all returned safely though some aircraft damaged.

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One newspaper cutting

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IBCC Digital Archive

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NMillsGA201003-01

Transcription

[missing words] the heaviest and most [missing letters]ate bombing in the his-[missing letters] of Bomber Command.
Dresden has always been regarded as a sticky target because of heavy defence, but last week the squadron was over there with drastic results to the enemy. It was the deepest penetration the squadron had made. Objectives such as synthetic oil plants, railway yards and troop concentrations received attention.
Another attack during daylight was to support 21 Army Group’s capture of Wesel. The Rhine had still to be crossed, but with the British Army only about two miles from the target, extreme bombing accuracy was necessary.
German opposition was mostly flak from the anti-aircraft defences. Pilots report that some is accurate. However, from all these operations the squadron returned safely. Sometimes aircraft came in with two engines feathered or the fuselage pitted with shell splinters, but all pilots were able to say they returned with no personal injuries, and, what is more, in formation.

Citation

“Newspaper article on Bomber Command operations,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 19, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/30235.

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