Tag Archives: 1944
‘Towards the final assault’: early in April 1944, Le Courrier de l’Air announced the start of the ‘Transportation Plan’ – but remained silent on civilian casualties. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, PA/2.
‘Enemy aerodromes in France hammered’: Le Courrier de l’Air, 21 February 1944. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, PA/2.
‘Preparing the final assault’: in January 1944 Le Courrier de l’Air linked raids on German industrial targets in France to the imminent liberation of Western Europe. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, PA/2.
On 5 September 1944, 335 aircraft from RAF Bomber Command dropped 1,882 tons of bombs on the centre of Le Havre, aiming at a ‘troop concentration’ that was not there. Routine reconnaissance photos recorded the raid. ‘TI’s’ are Target Indicators. … Continue reading
Churchill had reluctantly accepted the Transportation Plan, but agreed an informal upper limit of 10,000 French civilian deaths with Eisenhower’s Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder. The Prime Minister sent a succession of memos to Tedder asking if … Continue reading