RAF bomb Koenigsberg (Ops 216)

Accession Number F02622
Collection type Film
Measurement 3 min 35 sec
Object type Film
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker RAF Bomber Command
Place made Germany
Date made 26 August 1944-27 August 1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


RAF Bomber Command Operational Film No 216. On the night of 26-27 August 1944 a large force of heavy bombers of No 5 Group Bomber Command made their longest flight ever when they flew to attack the port of Konigsberg, East Prussia. This port is of vital importance to the Germans now that the Russians are threatening East Prussia. The bombers bombed from below their normal height for German targets and the defences were quickly saturated. Some of the new 'flame throwing' incendiaries were used on this attack and large fires were started and a great pall of smoke soon hung over the city as the attack increased in fury. RAAF Sqns 463 and 467 took part in this raid. [transcribed from dope sheet]

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