The First Air Raid




 
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December 12th, 2021  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 

Topic: The First Air Raid


I didn't know the French were the first to bomb Berlin during the Second World War.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7qz_osKC-w
December 16th, 2021  
lljadw
 
On the night of 7 June 1940 ONE French aircraft flew over Berlin and dropped some bombs .
I doubt that the Berliners waked up and that there was any damage .
December 16th, 2021  
George
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lljadw
On the night of 7 June 1940 ONE French aircraft flew over Berlin and dropped some bombs .
I doubt that the Berliners waked up and that there was any damage .
Unless it dropped on you....
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4 Weeks Ago  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lljadw
On the night of 7 June 1940 ONE French aircraft flew over Berlin and dropped some bombs .
I doubt that the Berliners waked up and that there was any damage .
Hard to say, I imagine one or two noticed the AA fire and searchlights and given the old adage that what go up must come down chances are that a few on the outskirts of Berlin needed roof repairs.

Apparently most of the damage to civilian property and casualties at Pearl Harbor was caused by spent AA fire.
3 Weeks Ago  
lljadw
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by George
Unless it dropped on you....
.In 1941 most bombs did not fall within 5 miles of their target.
The accuracy was even lower than that of the present drones !
It was the same on German side : the Luftwaffe attacked Dublin,thinking it was Belfast .
2 Weeks Ago  
George
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lljadw
.In 1941 most bombs did not fall within 5 miles of their target.
The accuracy was even lower than that of the present drones !
It was the same on German side : the Luftwaffe attacked Dublin,thinking it was Belfast .
Even if it's 100 miles off target, if it lands on you......
2 Weeks Ago  
BritinBritain
 
 
The first air raid in history was conducted during the Italo-Turkish War by Italian forces against the Ottoman province of Libya on November 1, 1911. Giulio Gavotti dropped 1.5 kg of bombs on Ain Zara, a village 8 km west of the capital Tripoli.

During WW1 with military deadlock on the Western Front, the Germans decided to use them against towns and cities in Britain. The first raid was on Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in January 1915.

Airships made 51 bombing raids on Britain during the war in which 557 people were killed and 1,358 injured. The airships dropped 5,806 bombs, causing damage worth 1,527,585.Eighty-four airships took part, of which 30 were either shot down or lost in accidents. Aeroplanes carried out 52 raids, dropping 2,772 bombs of 73.5 long tons (74.7 t) weight for the loss of 62 aircraft, killing 857 people, injuring 2,058 injured and causing 1,434,526 of damage. The German bombing has been called, by some authors, the first Blitz, alluding to The Blitz of the Second World War.
2 Weeks Ago  
BritinBritain
 
 
One of the worst raids was 18 children killed at Upper North Street School in Poplar on 13 June 1917, by the first daylight bombing attack on London by fixed-wing aircraft.

The Upper North Street School was a London county primary school in Poplar, and is now renamed Mayflower Primary School. The school was one of the locations hit by the German bombs. One or two 50 kilograms (110 lb) high explosive bombs crashed through the roof and top two floors to explode in the classroom on the ground floor where 64 infants were taught. The explosion killed 18 children, of whom 16 were aged between four and six years old, and injured more than 30 others. Two older children were killed as the bomb passed through the upper floors, where classes for the older girls and boys were located.

A mass funeral was held on 20 June 1917, with 15 children buried together in East London Cemetery. It has been said that the last coffin contained pieces of bodies that could not be identified. The funeral service was conducted by the Bishop of London Arthur Winnington-Ingram at the Poplar parish church, All Saints Church, Poplar, together with the Bishop of Stepney Luke Paget and the local Rector and Rural Dean O.S. Laurie. The boys' band of the Poplar Training School played, and over 600 wreaths were laid.
 


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