| FORUM | ARCHIVE |                    | TOTAL QUIZ RESULT |

  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Bombing of Hamburg
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Welcome stranger, click here to read about some of the great benefits of registering for a free account with us and joining us in our global online community.

Bombing of Hamburg

 Post Reply Post Reply
Goral View Drop Down

Joined: 22 Jun 2013
Location: Poland
Status: Offline
Points: 256
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Goral Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Bombing of Hamburg
    Posted: 26 Jul 2013 at 17:43

On this day...1943:"Bomber Command returned from an overnight raid on Hamburg, Germany's most important port, having lost only twelve aircraft from a force of 791 bombers; the raid, the start of the Battle of Hamburg, had marked the first use by the RAF of Window : vast quantities of aluminium foil strips, backed with paper and blackened so as not to shine in searchlight beams, had been dropped by the bombers. The foil strips had been cut to the correct length to act as dipole reflectors for the German radar wavelengths as they slowly fluttered to earth. The result was unprecedented confusion in the Luftwaffe's air defence system, as radar screens were swamped by a mass of returns. The raid inflicted heavy damage on the city. Target-markers dropped by the Pathfinders were sufficiently accurate to allow 2,284 tons (2,320.6 metric tons) of bombs to fall on the centre and north-west suburbs of the city in 50 minutes. However, a far more devastating raid was to follow a couple of days later.

Keen to exploit the advantages of Window before the Luftwaffe learnt to cope with it, the evening of 25 July saw Bomber Command set out for another high priority target, Essen, home to the vast Krupps armament complex. The Krupps works received its most damaging attack of the war; indeed, Dr Gustav Krupp was so horrified by the state of the factory the next morning that he suffered a stroke.(A INDIRECT HIT, ON A PRIME TARGET!)

Back to Top
Sponsored Links

Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 12.03
Copyright ©2001-2019 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.109 seconds.