Bombing of Augsburg in World War II

Bombing of Augsburg in World War II

The Bombing of Augsburg in World War II included three raids on 17 April 1942 and 25/26 February 1944.

To test the new Avro Lancaster,Fact|date=December 2007 the No. 44 Squadron at RAF Waddington and the No. 97 Squadron at RAF Woodhall Spa targeted the Augsburg MAN U-boat diesel engine factory on April 17, 1942. 30 Bostons and a large Fighter Command effort were dispatched to targets in Northern France to divert German fighters (1 Boston was lost). Following a week of low-flying practice, 4 of the 12 Lancasters (6 from each squadron) were shot down en route to Augsburg (3 more were shot down near the target). Squadron Leader John Dering Nettleton returned in a badly damaged aircraft, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his leadership of the raid.cite web|last=|first=|url= |title=Campaign Diary|work=Royal Air Force Bomber Command 60th Anniversary|accessdate=2008-07-01|publisher=UK Crown [ April 1942] [ February 1944] ] Post-war analysis indicated damage was minor; five of the bombs dropped had failed to explode. 8 machine tools were destroyed out of a total of 2,700, and 5 cranes out of 558. Of the 84 RAF airmen, 37 men died and 12 were taken as prisoners of war.Fact|date=December 2007

In a final Big Week mission (#235), the Eighth Air Force bombed the Augsburg Messerschmitt works during the day of 25 February 1944.

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