Flak patterns at night over Hamburg and Duisburg

Object Title

Flak patterns at night over Hamburg and Duisburg

Flak patterns at night over Hamburg and Duisburg

Date

1943

Reference

BEN 48

Level

Item

Scope and Content

Many photographs which RAF aircraft bring back from night operations over enemy territory have a strange beauty, with weird light patterns reminiscent of a peace time carnival fireworks display. These pictures do, in fact, record displays of fireworks, but of a much more grim and unpleasant character. In this picture the bursts of anti-aircraft shell fire are responsible for most of the oddly shaped trails and "light bubbles" recorded by the camera whilst its shutter remained open for a few seconds during intensive action by the enemy ground defences. Picture shows: This Christmas tree effect, in which type 2 shell bursts predominate, was recorded during a raid on Hamburg. See also C.3823 and C.3825. Picture issued September 1943.

Numbered C.3824 (WM).

Extent

1 photograph

Access Conditions

Open access

Reproduction Conditions

Crown Copyright

Contents

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