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The Goldenburg power station at Knapsack, near Cologne, under attack by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 2 Group. On the left, Sergeant I Broome, flying V6391 'RT-V' of No. 114 Squadron RAF, banks steeply away after bombing as flak fills the sky over the target.

The Goldenburg power station at Knapsack, near Cologne, under attack by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 2 Group. On the left, Sergeant I Broome, flying V6391 'RT-V' of No. 114 Squadron RAF, banks steeply away after bombing as flak fills the sky over the target.

HU Lancaster B Mark I ‘KM-B’ of Squadron RAF piloted by Squadron Leader J D Nettleton of No. 44 Squadron RAF flying at low-level over the Lincolnshire countryside during a Squadron practice for the low-level attack on the M

07 Apr 45: "Sonderkommando Elbe" sends 180 German Bf-109s to attack Allied bombers with the intent of ramming into them, aiming for either the tail, engines or cockpit, bailing out either before or after collision. While only 15 Allied bombers are attacked in this manner, eight are successfully destroyed. Most of the German pilots died, without inflicting the harm to the relentless Allied bombing campaign that had been hoped. #WWII #History

07 Apr "Sonderkommando Elbe" sends 180 German to attack Allied…

An anonymous Sargent of the 82nd Airborne eating somewhere in Sicily.  Airborne. 2d Ranger Battalion and 509th Airborne paratrooper here. www.groovyoutdoors.us

An anonymous Sargent of the Airborne eating somewhere in Sicily ~ note: the knife / brass knuckles, strapped to his boot.

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Eighth Air Force pass through a flak-filled sky on a raid over Berlin, 6 March 1944. German air defenses were particularly thick around Berlin and it was only the numerical superiority of the Allies that allowed successful area bombing, often though at the expense of heavy casualties among the attackers.

Flying Fortresses of the US Eighth Air Force pass through a flak-filled sky on a raid over Berlin - 6 March 1944 (IWM)

The Junkers Ju 87 “Sturzkampfbomber,” or Stuka, was a feared weapon in Nazi Germany’s arsenal, especially at the start of the war when it became a symbol of German aggression with its trademark siren, known as “Jericho trumpets,” blaring as the aircraft hurtled down to its target. “The Stuka as an exhibit is incredibly important to us because there are hardly any left,” Sebastian Bangert, said spokesman for the Military History Museum in Berlin.

The Junkers Ju 87 “Sturzkampfbomber,” or Stuka, was a feared weapon in Nazi Germany’s arsenal,…

Blenheim attacking Cologne

C Quadrath/Fortuna power station near Cologne under attack by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. Photograph taken from the mid-upper turret of one of the attacking aircraft as it banked away from the target area

While flying over Italy, this B-17 had most of her tail shot away.  Still, the pilot managed to get her home.  When she was hit, the tail-gunner was blown out into her slipstream.  Miraculously, he was uninjured and managed to get his chute open and land safely.  Once on the ground, the greatest threat was not German or Italian soldiers, who usually took them prisoner, but scared or angry peasants who had been told that Brits and Yanks were savage murderous rapists who should be killed on…

While flying over Italy, this had most of her tail shot away. Still, the pilot managed to get her home. When she was hit, the tail-gunner was blown out into her slipstream. Miraculously, he was uninjured and managed to get his chute open and land safely.

Sqn Leader Geoffrey Wilson Northcott (J15088) of 402 Sqn RCAF with his Spitfire Mk.V ‘City of Winnipeg’, serial number EP120.

Sqn Leader Geoffrey Wilson Northcott of 402 Sqn RCAF with his Spitfire Mk.V ‘City of Winnipeg’, serial number Between July 1941 and August 1945 Canadian born Jeff Northcott served with 401 Sqn, 603 Sqn, OTU, 402 Sqn (from May 1943 to July and Wing.

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