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Combined Bomber Offensive: Summer 1943 to Victory

Warning from a booklet dropped by the thousands on Germany.  It reads: “Attack—by Day and by Night.  The giant bombers of the RAF—Stirlings, Halifaxes and Lancasters—carry out heavy night operations.  Now they are unleashing the special machines of the American air force by day.”

Warning from a booklet dropped by the thousands on Germany. It reads: “Attack—by Day and by Night. The giant bombers of the RAF—Stirlings, Halifaxes and Lancasters—carry out heavy night operations. Now they are unleashing the special machines of the American air force by day.”

          In the summer of 1943, the daytime American and nighttime British bombing campaigns became loosely aligned as the “Combined Bomber Offensive.”  This plan formally established “around the clock” bombing of the enemy. 

 

Until D-Day in 1944, the priority targets were Germany’s fighter force and its ball-bearing and oil industries. 

 


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