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British RAF Launched A 1,000 Bomber Raid Against Cologne, Germany, This Day 75-Years Ago; May 30, 1942 — First Ever 1,000 Bomber Attack.

by Anura Guruge

Members of No. 106 Squadron RAF, including their Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Guy Gibson (standing middle, front row), celebrate on their return to Coningsby, Lincolnshire, from the ‘Thousand Bomber’ raid on Cologne, Germany. The Squadron’s Avro Manchesters, in the course of replacement by Lancasters at this time, are parked off the perimeter track in the background.

That must have been quite the sight, 1,000 Handley Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster bombers lumbering across the sky. Think of the noise they must have made — and that is before the bombs began to hit.

The actual number was 1,047 bombers — quite a few crewed by student pilots and instructors!

This was 2.5x larger than any previous RAF raid.

1,455 tons of bombs were dropped.

To be fair the Germans had it coming. They had been mercilessly bombing Britain.

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by Anura Guruge