Table of Data Points

Tag : Aerial

1945-08-09Second Atomic Bomb

On the morning of August 9, 1945, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Bockscar, flown by the crew of 393rd Squadron commander Major Charles W. Sweeney, carried the nuclear bomb code-named "Fat Man".

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1945-08-06First Atomic Bomb

Hiroshima was the primary target of the first nuclear bombing mission on August 6, with Kokura and Nagasaki being alternative targets.

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1945-07-271945-07-28Leaflet drops over Japan

Six b-29 super fortresses dropped leaflets over eleven cities, warning that they would be targets of attacks in the future. The drops were intended to lower moral and also create an impression that the US wanted to minimize civilian casualties.

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1945-05-03Lubeck Bay Ships

Unaware of the true nature of their targets, RAF Typhoons of 83 Group of the 2nd Tactical Air Force attack three prison ships in Lubeck Bay, Deutschland, Thielbek, and Cap Arcona. Thousands of prisoners are killed.

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1945-04-291945-05-07Operation Mana

Royal and U.S. Air Force planes drop over 11,000 tons of food to un-liberated areas of the Netherlands to relieve starvation of civilians suffering from the Dutch Famine.

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1945-04-18Heligoland Bombing

617 Avro Lancasters, 332 Handley Page Halifaxes, 20 de Havilland Mosquitoes bombed the Naval base, airfield, and town.

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1945-04-091945-04-10Scheer Sunk

During a RAF air raid on the Kiel dockyards involving over 300 aircraft, the pocket Battleship Admiral Scheer was struck by bombs and capsized at her berth.

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1945-04-07Yamato Sunk

Having been hit by multiple bombs and torpedoes, the Japanese Battleship Yamato rolls and then explodes. An estimated 3,055 of her 3,332 crew were lost, including Vice-Admiral Seiichi Ito.

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1945-04-011945-06-22Operation Iceburg

US fight the largest amphibious campaign in the Pacific Theatre of the war. The US objective was to seize a large island only 340 miles away from mainland Japan. Approximately 120,00 troops and 150,000 civilians were killed in the campaign.

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1945-03-27Operation Starvation

The Twentieth Air Force flew 1,529 sorties and laid 12,135 mines in 26 locations. The aerial mining operation was designed to disrupt enemy shipping and it was extremely effective. They were responsible for the destruction of 670 Japanese ships.

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