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alan L14 Nov 2017 11:48 a.m. PST

Looking for suggestions for the best book on Bomber Command's night campaign.

Would need details of number of planes involved on both sides.

Vigilant14 Nov 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

Every raid would be different depending on the type of target. There are some that list each raid, try Google for RAF Bomber Command Operations. For example my dad's 1st operation was Mailley le Camp in France 3/4 May 1944. There were 2 Groups of Lancaster, over 300 aircraft, but each squadron put up different numbers of aircraft. Also RAF bombers did not fly in formation like US daylight bombers. German nightfighters had to get close enough to visually identify the target, so firing ranges would be very close. Depending on weather conditions this would be twin engine me 110s, JU 88s mainly, each operating in a designated sector. If there was a bright moon, as on the above raid, single seat me 109s and Fw190s would also be used, but again in discrete areas to avoid friendly fire incidents.

Major Mike14 Nov 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

This is a decent site that gives a timeline of raids link

it also has some interesting data.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 5:20 p.m. PST

The Bomber Command Diaries.

alan L15 Nov 2017 3:54 a.m. PST


GGouveia16 Nov 2017 4:34 p.m. PST

Here is a link with a good read. Free pdf.


alan L17 Nov 2017 5:54 a.m. PST

Thanks for the link.

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