Twenty eighth operation Dortmund

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Twenty eighth operation Dortmund

Description

A handwritten note giving brief details of the operation and a relevant newspaper cutting titled 'Dortmund shattered in 29 minutes'.

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IBCC Digital Archive

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Andy Hamilton

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One handwritten note and a newspaper cutting on album page.

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PPopeKMJ18010069

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Transcription

DORTMUND SHATTERED IN 29 MINUTES
Three thousand heavy bombers launched a two-front attack on Germany yesterday.
The RAF formations, alone, stretched across the sky for 125 miles as they made for Dortmund, drenching the city, which lies at the eastern mouth of the Ruhr, with 5,000 tons of h.e.s and incendiaries in twentynine minutes.
Observers in the more than 1,000 strong fleet of Lancasters and Halifaxes looked down past escorting Spitfires and Mustangs at a huge circle of smoke, some 8,000ft. high and three miles in diameter, which lay like a black halo over the city’s marshalling yards and rail communications to the Western Front.
Far to the east – and only sixteen miles from Marshal Zhukov’s spearhead troops – an American bomber fleet was pounding the teeming harbour of Swinemunde on the Baltic.
The Americans attacked naval and military targets, meeting very light resistance.
Altogether, 1,350 bombers took part in yesterday’s U.S. raids, plus a fighter escort of 750 aircraft.
The force that struck at Swinemunde consisted of 650 bombers – the remainder were striking at marshalling yards around the Remagen bridgehead.
RAF medium bombers yesterday attacked the marshalling yards at Dorsten, on the main line leading east from Wesel. Five lines from the Ruhr run into the yards.
With the increasing ferocity of these air blows at the dwindling targets in Germany, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, in a reply to a message of congratulation from General Eisenhower, declares that the bombing campaign has yet to reach its peak.
Said a flying officer – Edward Carswell, of Goodmayes, Essex – after the Dortmund raid yesterday: “I think we have done Dortmund a bit of no good.”

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Twenty Eigth [sic] Operation.
DORTMUND
Monday Afternoon. March 12th 1945.
Airborne 5hrs 30mins
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Citation

“Twenty eighth operation Dortmund,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 22, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9429.

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