RAF daylight attack on shipping at Rotterdam 16th July 1941 : Did we fly low?

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RAF daylight attack on shipping at Rotterdam 16th July 1941 : Did we fly low?

RAF daylight attack on shipping at Rotterdam 16th July 1941 : Did we fly low?

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BEN 7

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Blenheim aircraft of Bomber Command of the RAF made a daring low level daylight attack upon a large concentration of German shipping in Rotterdam docks. In all, seventeen ships of an estimated tonnage of 90,000- 100,000 tons were put of action, while on land two warehouses and a factory were left in flames. Approaching their targets, the Blenheims flew low over Dutch territory in V formation, which was taken as the victory symbol, by the Dutch, who waved to the RAF as they swept into the attack. Dutch civilians watch without fear in a Rotterdam street as the RAF flies in "V" formation to attack the docks.

Numbered C.1954.

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1 photograph

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Open access

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