Key Raids

An aerial photograph taken at night during a raid on Berlin in 1941

BERLIN

My aim over the next few months is to record the squadrons involvement in key raids undertaken by RAF Bomber Command between September 1939 and May 1945. These raids were key turning points in Bomber Commands history and the defeat of Nazis Germany. Some of these raids are well known, other are perhaps less known outside of No.3 Group.

1939

1. French / German Border : September 17th 1939

1940

1. Nickel No.3 : March 23rd 1940
2. Rhine : April 20th 1940
3. St Vith : May 11th 1940
4. Airfields : August 18th 1940
5. Ostende : December 20th 1940

1941

1. Hamburg : May 8th 1941

1942

1. Billancourt Renault Factory : 3rd March 1942
2. Lubeck : 28th March 1942
3. Rostock :  24th April 1942
4. Paris/Gennevilliers :  29th April 1942
5. Cologne :  May 31st 1942
6. Essen :  June 1st 1942
7. Bremen :  June 25th 1942
8. Vegesack :  September 23rd 1942
9. Milan :  October 24th 1942
10. Lingen :  November 3rd 1942
11. Genoa :  November 7th 1942
12. Opel works at Fallersleben :  December 17th 1942

1943

1. Turin :  February 4th 1943
2. Berlin :  March 1st 1943
3. Essen :  March 5th 1943
4. Mining : April 28th 1943
5. Hamburg : July 24th 1943
6. Turin :  August 12th 1943
7. Peenemunde :  August 17th 1943
8. Berlin :  August 23rd 1943
9. Modane :  September 16th 1943
10. Berlin :  November 22nd 1943

1944

1. Chambly : April 20th 1944
2. Chambly : April 27th 1944
3. Chambly : May 1st 1944
4. Vilvorde : April 23rd 1944
5. “Glimmer” : June 5th 1944
6. Mont Candon : August 2nd 1944
7. Fort D’ Englos : August 9th 1944
8. Bonn : October 18th 1944
9. Trier : December 23rd 1944
10.St.Vith : December 26th 1944