Luftwaffe operations over Britain 1944-45

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Luftwaffe operations over Britain 1944-45

Post by tobias » 29 Feb 2004 11:52

I've recently read of the 'Mini-Blitz' of spring 1944 where smallish raids on London took place. What was the extent of Luftwaffe operations over Britain beteween mid-1944 and May 1945.

Also when and where for example did the very last raids take place ?

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Post by Korbius » 01 Mar 2004 00:59

This is what I found my book "Air War" by Piekalkiewicz:
On 29-30 May 1944, German Luftwaffe bombers took off for their last raid on London.
This raid marked the end of the Germans' Operation Steinbock, which the British mockingly referred to as a "baby blitz." It had totalled 31 raids, 14 of which were against the British capital. The IX. The Fliegerkorps had lost 329 aircraft.

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Post by paukenschlager » 01 Mar 2004 16:43

With the almost untouchable Arado 234 jet bomber, which I believe flew its first missions (against Liege?) on christmas 1944, Luftwaffe should've had the ability to bomb London again, as it is alledged to have had an operational radius of over 700 km. But I've never heard of it, other than Goebbels mentioning it in his diary in February or March 45, hoping that the Londoners would be forced to turn out the lights at night with negative psychological effects. It might've been a plan which didn't materialized, or a propaganda lie, or maybe Goebbels was just misinformed.

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Post by tobias » 02 Mar 2004 08:23

Is it accurate to say therefore that no Luftwaffe operations over Britain took place after D-Day ?.

Did any raids take place on Allied bomber airfields in Britain which were the source of so much destruction to Germany ?.

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Post by PanzerKing » 02 Mar 2004 18:15

Yeah you would think the Luftwaffe would have concentrated their attacks over production plants, airfields, and ports at this stage of the war and not civilian centers. It would have helped more in the long run.

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Post by Erik E » 02 Mar 2004 19:23

Is it accurate to say therefore that no Luftwaffe operations over Britain took place after D-Day ?.
The last Luftwaffe mission recorded over GB was carried out by 2 Ar-234 B from F.A.Gr5 on the 5th May 1945. I can not remember much details, but I can check my papers if you want.......

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Post by Englander » 02 Mar 2004 22:28

Did any raids take place on Allied bomber airfields in Britain which were the source of so much destruction to Germany ?.
Care to read this
http://pub157.ezboard.com/fluftwaffeexp ... =109.topic

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Post by Erich » 03 Mar 2004 00:48

Unternehmen Gisela on the night of March 3/4 1945 after the raid on Kamen Ju 88G's followed the RAF heavies back to their airfields and scared the heck out of the English populace and military personell. In fact anothr raid was completed with about 18 German night fighters at Marchs end and the last was by 3 a/c in April of 45

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