1 Aug 1940

Germany
3 Jul 1941

Germany
8 Mar 1942

Germany
  • The British Royal Air Force dispatched 211 bombers to attack Essen, Germany, some equipped with the new GEE navigational system. The results were less than hoped for as only a few homes and a church were destroyed, killing 29 civilians, while the industrial centers, the primary targets, were untouched. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Essen | TH, CPC]
9 Mar 1942

Germany
  • A second British air raid to Essen, Germany, again using the new GEE navigational system, had similar dismal results as the first raid on the previous day, as the haze made the target difficult to spot. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Essen | TH]
10 Mar 1942

Germany
25 Mar 1942

Germany
  • 254 RAF Bomber Command aircraft (192 Wellington, 26 Stirling, 20 Manchester, 9 Hampden, and 7 Lancaster aircraft) attacked Krupp iron works and factories at Essen, Germany; 5 civilians were killed, 11 were wounded. The British lost 5 Manchester, 3 Wellington, and 1 Hampden aircraft. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Essen | CPC]
26 Mar 1942

Germany
6 Apr 1942

Germany
  • 157 British bombers (110 Wellington, 19 Stirling, 18 Hampden, and 10 Manchester aircraft) attacked Essen, Germany; most of them were turned back by a storm. 5 aircraft were lost in this mission. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Essen | CPC]
10 Apr 1942

Germany
  • 254 British bombers (167 Wellington, 43 Hampden, 18 Stirling, 10 Manchester, 8 Halifax, and 8 Lancaster) attacked Essen, Germany; most bombs fell on the nearby residential areas instead, destroying 12 houses, killing 7 civilians, and wounding a further 30. During this attack, an 8,000-pound bomb was used for the first time, dropped by a Halifax bomber of No. 76 Squadron. 7 Wellington, 5 Hampden, 1 Halifax, and 1 Manchester aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Essen | CPC]
12 Apr 1942

Germany
  • 251 British bombers (171 Wellington, 31 Hampden, 27 Stirling, 13 Halifax, and 9 Manchester) attacked Essen, Germany, damaging the Krupp factory and destroying 28 homes; 36 civilians were killed, 36 were injured. The British lost 10 bombers on this attack. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Essen | CPC]
1 Jun 1942

Germany
  • 956 British bombers (545 Wellington, 127 Halifax, 77 Stirling, 74 Lancaster, 71 Hampden, 33 Manchester, 29 Whitley) attacked Essen, Germany, causing little damage; 31 bombers were lost on this attack. This attack was billed as a 1,000-bomber raid. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Essen | TH, CPC]
2 Jun 1942

Germany
8 Jun 1942

Germany
5 Mar 1943

Germany
  • British bombers attacked Krupp works at Essen, Germany; this was the Allies' first attack on this industrial region, which started what the Allies called the Battle of the Ruhr. This attack also saw the first successful use of Oboe, an aerial blind bombing targeting system. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Essen | TH]
12 Mar 1943

Germany
28 Nov 1943

Germany
30 Nov 1943

Germany
13 Jan 1944

Germany

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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