Aerial view of part of Heligoland Island in the North Sea, which was subjected to a massive air ...

Accession Number P04171.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 5x4" nitrate
Maker Unknown
Place made Heligoland Island
Date made June 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Aerial view of part of Heligoland Island in the North Sea, which was subjected to a massive air raid by nearly 1,000 British medium and heavy bombers on 18 April 1945. The population of the island took refuge in underground bunkers but almost everything above ground was destroyed. This image was taken from a Lancaster bomber, flying at low altitude (approx 800 feet). The Lancaster was piloted by 430033 Flight Lieutenant Alexander Elliott (Alex) Jenkins, RAAF, who was flying a group of senior British RAF Officers on an inspection tour of bomb damaged areas of Germany at the end of the European conflict.