British Royal Air Force conducts 700 plane bombing raid over Cologne during World War II
Cologne Germany Date:1945, March 2 Duration:58 sec Sound:Yes
Narrator states that on March 2, 1945, during World War 2, 700 Lancaster and Halifax bombers of the British Royal Air Force fly over Cologne, Germany, to bomb roads and bridges leading across the Rhine River. Closeup aerial view of a British Halifax bomber with H7 painted on its fuselage, identifying it as belonging to No.346 Squadron RAF. (This is a Free French bomber squadron incorporated into the Royal Air Force and operating out of RAF Station Elvington.) View from one of the aircraft looking down on the city below as bombs fall from the plane. Narrator refers to U.S. 1st Army attacking Cologne and this bombing to strike German forces fleeing the city. Heavy smoke seen rising from bomb explosions below. A huge black cloud is seen in the air as a German scarecrow antiaircraft bomb destroys a Lancaster bomber. Smoke rising from the city. Narrator emphasizes that the Cologne Cathedral is not touched.
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