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Air Raid at Filton 25th September 1940: Contents

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No. Title Description
1  The crews briefing notes  Translated from German the secret briefing notes show that the raid had been meticulously planned down to the last detail.

The target reference and 'run in' informa...
2  The Flight Group Command  The attack was led by Major Friedrich Kless, a Gruppenkommandeur (Squadron leader) of 11/KG 55. His No 11 group was the most experienced and proficient of the three 'gruppen'...
3  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 ...
4  Technology at work  Meanwhile, the attacking hostile aircraft had been detected, although this was not realised until later. By land based radar or CHL (Chain Home Low. This new equipment was d...
5  Bombs Away  Through clear skies the German formation flew on. There was anti aircraft fire, accurate fire, and there were, however, some fighters but this again was unco-ordinated and did...
6  The Devasting effects of carpet bombing  As the bomber formation sped away, below at the factory, chaos reigned. From the first sounds of approaching aircraft the factory had played the music 'Marching through Georg...
7  The aftermath of a raid  The factory death toll was high due to a series of direct hits by high explosive bombs on six crowded air raid shelters. The scenes confronting the rescue parties were horrif...
8  RAF 501 Squadron   This was not the first raid on the factory, but it was certainly the most devastating. Following this raid, a squadron of Hurricane fighters was moved to the airfield and loc...