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Bomber Command Ruhr Offensive March –July 1943

During the 2nd quarter of 1943, Bomber command under the guidance of Air Chief Marshal Harris began a concentrated campaign of night bombing against the industrial heartland of Nazi Germany.

Over the period of this campaign over 34,000 tons of bombs were dropped and the impact on the Nazi war machine was profound:
Steel production fell by 200,000 tons, making a shortfall of 400,000 tons. Albert Speer (Nazi Armaments minister) acknowledged that the RAF were indeed hitting the right targets, and raids severely disrupted his plans to increase production to meet increasing attritional needs.
Between July 1943 and March 1944 there were no further increases in the output of aircraft either, a significant contribution to the Allies air superiority which was crucial to winning the war.

This data set contains records of all those who flew, were shot down & evaded capture or were captured or lost their life on these incredibly dangerous missions.

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Fate
  • Aircraft
  • Squadron
  • Date range of mission
  • Serial number and fate of aircraft
  • and some additional details

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: The national archives:
Air 14 – selected reports of escapers/evaders and Bomber command structure information.
Air 24/ Air26 /Air 27 Bomber command/Wings & Squadron record books.
The IWGC registers of war dead
‘British & commonwealth Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45’ data set
Air Battle of the Ruhr ISBN 1-85310201-6 by Alan Cooper.

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