Attack the Tirpitz!! In a Halifax??

Very interesting.

John Knifton

You are so lucky! You are going to see three photographs of a relatively rare aircraft, a Halifax Mark II, taken in the almost funereal gloom of the RAF Museum at Hendon. I apologise for the quality but in their efforts to preserve the original paint on the aircraft, the museum lights are kept very low indeed. For this particular aircraft, do not be put off by the fact that it seems apparently to have grown two enormous circular fins in the middle of its back. That is an Indian Air Force B-24 Liberator:

this one

The Halifax was the second British four-engined bomber to enter service in World War Two but it became the first to bomb Germany during a raid on Hamburg on the night of March 12th-13th 1941. Subsequent increasing losses on operations over Germany caused Halifax bombers to be used on less hazardous targets from September 1943.

The Halifax…

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The Duty to Remember

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/memorial-germany-lancaster-goose-squadron-1.4195080

Excerpt

Audrey Somers has done her best over the last 73 years to put the death of her 23-year-old brother Harold behind her, but it’s caught up with her yet again.

At 87, she vividly recalls the moment the telegram arrived at her family’s Hamilton, Ont., home, informing her parents the brother she describes as “loving but quiet” was missing in action over Germany.

“I was upstairs in my bedroom, and my mother came running up and told me. She kneeled at the side of the bed and said the Lord’s Prayer.”

“The next day my father’s hair turned grey.”

How the Fairey Battle won the War

The Fairey Battle is a mythical airplane in its own way.
So many unsung heroes.

Hush-Kit

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The Fairey Battle endured a disastrous wartime career. However, in this counter factual article aviation historian Greg Baughen argues that things could have been very different. 

In September 1939 ten Fairey Battle squadrons head for France. Nobody expects them to achieve much.  Ludlow-Hewitt, in charge of Bomber Command, has given up all hope of using them to bomb the Ruhr.  Instead they will be used for short-range low-level  ground attack missions against advancing German forces. Early reconnaissance missions over France demonstrate just  how vulnerable the bomber is. Battle formations prove totally incapable of defending themselves against  Bf 109s. Planes burst into flames as soon as their unprotected fuel tanks are hit.  The French Air Force comes to the rescue and provides fighter escorts and for a while the Battles are able to operate reasonably successfully. However, General Vuillemin, the French Air Force…

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