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

Object Title

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?

Reference

BEN 19

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Item

Scope and Content

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 out 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. British bombs burst in the background on docks alongside the river. Tail of aircraft is seen on the left of the picture.

Numbered C.1948.

Extent

1 photograph

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Open access

Reproduction Conditions

Crown Copyright

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  BEN 19 - RAF daylight attack on shipping at Rotterdam 16th July 1941 : Did we fly low?