Seventh operation Duren

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Title

Seventh operation Duren

Description

Handwritten note with brief details of the operation. Two newspaper cuttings, one describing the operation titled 'RAF blast way for the army' and a map showing the area of operations.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Contributor

Andy Hamilton

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Format

One handwritten note and two newspaper cuttings on an album page

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Identifier

PPopeKMJ18010053

Temporal Coverage

Transcription

RAF BLAST WAY FOR THE ARMY
From Daily Mail Reporter
R.A.F. Bomber Base, Thursday night.
With the word “GO” from the Allied Command the fury of Bomber Command and the U.S. 8th and 9th Air Forces was unleased on the string of fortified towns just in front of the armies this afternoon.
It was a repeat of the “softening up” which took place before the break-out from Caen-but on a much greater scale.
More than 1,150 Lancasters and Halifaxes attacked Dure, Julich and Heinsberg with more than 6,500 tons of bombs.
At a Lancaster base in the midlands I spoke to the crews of squadrons who had been in the attack on Duren.
Flying Officer L. Goff, of Bournemouth, said “We bombed from 12,000ft. half-way through the attack. The eastern half of the town was covered in smoke. The bomber controller told us exactly where to aim our bombs in the western half of the town”.
That bomber controller-or “master bomber” – was one of a number of experienced pilots who went on the raid in the role of master of ceremonies.

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Seventh Operation
DUREN
Thursday Afternoon November 16th 1944.
Airborne 5hrs 35mins.
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Citation

“Seventh operation Duren,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 20, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9391.

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