Twenty ninth and thirtieth operations, Lutzendorf and Wurzburg

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Twenty ninth and thirtieth operations, Lutzendorf and Wurzburg

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Two handwritten notes giving brief details of operations and relevant newspaper cuttings titled 'Packed Nazi troop towns hit' and 'RAF keep it up'.

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IBCC Digital Archive

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Andy Hamilton

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Two newspaper cuttings and two handwritten notes on an album page

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[underlined]
Twenty Ninth Operation.
LUTZENDORF
Wednesday Night. March 14th 1945.
Airborne 9hrs 30mins
[/underlined]

PACKED NAZI TROOP TOWNS HIT
Homburg and Zweibruecken, two small towns packed with German troops and military stores, 15 miles east of Saarbruecken, have been hit by two forces of R.A.F. “heavies.”
They were heavily bombed as if they had been large industrial cities because they have become strongpoints in the German defence system. Pilots reported big explosions, probably munition stores.
Altogether, more than 1000 1000[sic] aircraft were sent out by Bomber Command yesterday.
Berlin was attacked last night for the twenty-third successive night by Mosquitoes carrying 4000lb bombs.
The Lutzendorf oil plant near Halle in Saxony was attacked by Lancasters in face of intense night fighter opposition.
Heavy guns put up a barrage which fell off however under the concentration of bombing.
Smoke from oil fires rose to a height of 700 feet.
Twelve of our bombers are missing.
The German air-raid warning radio said to-day that Allied bombers were flying eastwards west of Quakenbrueck and Guterslom – a route to Hanover and Brunswick – and over the Kassel area.
Fighters and fast bombers were reported over the Ruhr and Bielefeld areas.

RAF KEEP IT UP
Nuremberg, Berlin
Express Air Reporter
Bombers of the R.A.F. went to Germany last night “in strength” with Nuremberg and [underlined] Wurzburg [/underlined] as their main objectives.
Nuremberg, home of the pre-war Nazi rallies, and Wurzburg, 65 miles to the north-west, both important centres of communications and industry, were the main targets.
Berlin was also bombed for the 25th successive night.
Unconfirmed reports from Stockholm say that Hitler was in Zossen, the German Army’s G.H.Q., 20 miles south of Berlin, when it was bombed on Thursday.
Yesterday, for the fifth day running, Mediterranean bombers pounded the remaining oil plants round Vienna.


[underlined]
Thirtieth Operation
WURZBURG
Friday Night. March 16th 1945.
Airborne 9hrs 59mins
[/underlined]

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“Twenty ninth and thirtieth operations, Lutzendorf and Wurzburg,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed November 18, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9480.

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