RAF co-operation in raid on Norwegian island

Object Title

RAF co-operation in raid on Norwegian island

RAF co-operation in raid on Norwegian island

Reference

BEN 145

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Item

Scope and Content

One of the tasks detailed for the RAF in the combined raid on Vaasgo off the Norwegian coast, on Sunday Dec 27, was to attack the aerodrome of Herla to prevent enemy aircraft assisting the garrison. This attack was carried out by Blenheim aircraft of Bomber Command. The pilots flew in as low as 50ft, using delay actioned bombs, their principal objective being to destroy the wooden runways thus preventing the enemy fighters from taking off. Said one of the pilots "At one moment it seemed that the whole length of one runway was broken by pillars of ground smoke." Bombs bursting on the aerodrome at Herdla. Photographs were taken from the attacking Blenheim aircraft and show the low level from which the attack was pressed home.

Numbered CS.100.

Extent

1 photograph

Access Conditions

Open access

Reproduction Conditions

Crown Copyright

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