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This Crushed Hitler: The Great 1943 Lancaster Bomber Operations over Germany

Dario Leone
By Photo: Cpl Phil Major ABIPP/MOD, OGL v1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74364607

Dario Leone

History, Europe

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This Crushed Hitler: The Great 1943 Lancaster Bomber Operations over Germany

The 1943 Battles of the Ruhr and Hamburg realized heavy destruction of German industrial resources but only at a steadily rising loss ratio caused primarily by Luftwaffe Night Fighters.

The Lancaster bomber holds a special place of affection mingled with a great deal of pride in the hearts of British and Commonwealth citizens — feelings which perhaps find their parallel in the hearts of Americans toward the B-17 Flying Fortress. Just as the Spitfireepitomized the Commonwealth’s supreme spirit of defiance in the face of seemingly irresistible defeat, so the evening sight and sound of streams of Lancasters “heading out” toward the heartland of the German Reich was the ultimate translation of a war-weary people’s will to see the Nazi military and industrial machine — the source of colossal suffering for so much of the world — battered into oblivion.

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