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Run in to Bombing

As the formation flew over Bristol the defences were fairly sporadic and unco-ordinated, and the attacking crews were trained to cope. They also knew that from the centre of Bristol it was only 6.5km to the target. The briefing notes go on to show that heavy flak batteries near the target were situated 2km to the NW at Charlton, 2.2km to the SSE in North Bristol and 3.2km to the NE at Stoke Gifford.

The secret briefing notes give detailed information on the buildings and show the location of air raid shelters. One of the unfortunate aspects of war was that skilled workers were themselves targets; you can destroy the product but if you destroy the skilled labour, you cannot so easily rebuild.

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This is page 3 of Air Raid at Filton 25th September 1940.
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A Beaufighter awaiting despatch, some were destroyed.

A Beaufighter awaiting despatch, some were destroyed.
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A major Aircraft Manufacturing Base making Beauforts.  The aircraft were one of the targets.

A major Aircraft Manufacturing Base making Beauforts. The aircraft were one of the targets.
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