Fifth Day



Fifth Day


Description of attack by bomber command Halifax aircraft on synthetic oil plants. Mentions German jet aircraft.

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Fifth day

Two other objectives were an auto-engine plant near Kiel, and an ordnance depot at Friedrichstadt, near Magdeburg.

In the afternoon R.A.F. Bomber Command [underlined] Halifaxes [/underlined] “in strength,” which probably means up to 500, with fighter cover, smashed at two synthetic plants in [underlined] the Ruhr [/underlined] – at [underlined] Scholven-Buer and Wanne-Eickel. [/underlined]

This was the fifth day of the great battle for Germany’s dwindling oil supplies

The Luftwaffe, probably influenced by Monday’s crippling fighter losses, reacted only half-heartedly to the U.S. attack. Nevertheless they lost about 45 planes in the air and 25 on the ground.

A few jet-propelled planes were used by the enemy.

The Wasserburg factory at Ulm, where the jet-propelled Messerschmitt 262 is made, and an aerodrome at Lechfeld, where many of these secret planes have been seen, were bombed yesterday by up to 500 U.S. heavies from Italy.


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