Eleventh operation Heilbronn

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Eleventh operation Heilbronn

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A handwritten note giving brief details of the operation and a relevant newspaper cutting titled 'American Take Saarlauten and push on beyond. R.A.F. drop 3500 tons on Saar supplies'.

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IBCC Digital Archive

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Andy Hamilton

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One handwritten note and a newspaper cutting

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PPopeKMJ18010057

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Americans Take Saarlautern and Push on Beyond
R.A.F. DROP 3500 TONS OF SAAR SUPPLIES
BOMBERS IN GREAT STRENGTH, FOLLOWING A 36-HOUR NON-STOP ATTACK ON GERMANY, FLEW OUT OVER THE EAST COAST BEFORE IT WAS LIGHT TO-DAY, SHORTLY AFTER ALL THE GERMAN MEDIUM-WAVE STATIONS WERE OFF THE AIR.
More than 3500 tons of bombs were dropped by R.A.F. Bomber Command in last night’s attack on [underlined] “Heilbronn” [/underlined] and Karlsruhe-two railway centres which have been packed with supplies and reserves being rushed up to Saar.
Karlsruhe is the nearest large town to the south-western front,where the United States 7th Army is pounding the Nazi defences.
Both attacks began simultaneously. Bombing was concentrated, and large fires were seen.
[inserted] X [/inserted] At Heilbonn, fighters were up in great numbers and there were several combats.
Besides these two heavy attacks the transport centre of Hagen, some 15 miles south of Dortmund, was also bombed.
Returning crews reported that flames from Karlsruhe could be seen for 70 miles. “Three-quarters of a mile of solid fire.” was the description of the town given by a Canadian airman. Some jet-propelled enemy aircraft seen.
Nearly 4000 Allied bombers and fighters had blasted Nazi rail towns as the last of the big twin R.A.F. force left Reich territory last night.

[underlined]
Eleventh Operation
HEILBONN
Monday Night December 4th 1944
Airborne 6hrs 40mins.
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Citation

“Eleventh operation Heilbronn,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 11, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9400.

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