Luftwaffe Bombers of the Blitz 1940-1941 : Rare photographs by Andy Saunders

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By Andy Saunders

Luftwaffe Bombers within the Blitz will include of a few 140-150 photos of German bomber airplane through the Blitz of 1940-1941. the photographs will hide the whole thing of the Blitz and also will depict losses throughout Britain in this interval. every one photo will inform its personal tale, and should be totally captioned with ancient detail.

each one part may have a quick creation and the pictures will contain these of shot down airplane, together with quite intact machines, badly damaged/destroyed wreckages, photos of pilots and different comparable illustrations. All photos are from the author's detailed number of wartime photos of Luftwaffe losses, accrued from various assets throughout a few thirty-five years of research.

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Meanwhile, soldiers from the unit who captured HansJoachim pose with their battle trophies: his Mae West lifejacket and gathered-up parachute. 50 02 Ch02_Images of War 10/03/2015 18:16 Page 51 Although the massed daylight raids were drawn down, there continued to be sporadic activity during daylight hours by the Luftwaffe bomber force. This was generally un-escorted, mostly conducted by singleton aircraft or very small groups, and often of little value militarily. /KG 77, was a lone raider shot down on Thursday, 3 October 1940 its attack had an unintended although successful outcome for the Luftwaffe.

31 01 Ch01_Images of War 10/03/2015 18:13 Page 32 On 15 September the bomb was finally recovered by a party under the command of Lt Robert Davies and driven to Hackney Marshes where it was exploded. Here, the clear up work commences by the St Paul’s steps and workmen prepare to mend a ruptured gas main. The flames from the leaking gas caused initial complications until it could be turned off and the fire extinguished. During the daylight attacks, RAF Fighter Command had the capability to intercept the incoming raids and did so through the early stages of the Blitz with varying degrees of success.

It depicts the scene in Balham High Street on the evening of 14 October 1940. A bomb had penetrated the Northern Line Underground and caused flooding in the tunnel, with water and sewage cascading into the tubeway. The bomb also caused this bus to plunge into the huge crater but, remarkably, the driver escaped with only minor injuries. However, sixtyeight people died in the underground station where many were taking shelter. The London Underground was not always the safest place to take shelter during air raids.

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