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    Hi all

    Has anyone any idea which were the largest BC raids on a single target during WWII? I don't recall having ever seen anywhere a list of the largest raids. Heavy losses, yes (Nuremberg, Leipzig, etc), but can't think of any list of raids by numbers of a/c dispatched.

    Of course there's the 1942 1,000 Bomber raid on Cologne (1,047 a/c: the Essen and Bremen follow-up raids didn't reach 1,000 a/c), but did any, say in 1944/45, exceed that number?

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    The highest number - I have found - recorded by Middlebrook/Everitt is 1,114 aircraft 3 August 1944 against Flying-bomb storage sites. I guess that would not be one target in your book. 2nd highest is 1,108 on 12 March 1945 against Dortmund.

    Might have missed one, though.

    Mikkel

    ps. 1,000 a/c in 1945 as opposed to 1942 must have meant quite another total bomb load, which would be another way of determining "largest raid"
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    In Middlebrook's "Berlin Raids" he talks about a joint RAF USAAF daylight raid planned for Sept 44. It went to late stages of planning but was scrubbed due to insufficient number of fighter escort with range. He dosen't mention how many bombers but one would think it could have been 2000ish or more heavies. Scary thought to be on the receiving end of that one.

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    If you combine the effort of RAF BC and USAAF you'll also have higher numbers. For instance Operation Hurricane, Duisburg 14/15 Oct 1944. Within 48 hours BC dispatched 1,013 + 1,005 and USAAF dispatched 1,251 heavy bombers against the city. The USAAF bombers were supported by 749 fighters.

    My understanding of Ian's interest was that he meant the largest number of a/c dispatched at the same time.

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    I guess "just interested" was not enough to acknowledge the effort of people looking up information you might as well had researched yourself...
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    Default Largest BC Raids

    Hi all - especially Mikkel

    Apologies for not acknowledging sooner, but things have been rather busy so I haven't had a chance to do so. It was not intended as laziness or indifference to your responses. If you see my numerous other posts you'll see that I am always grateful for the replies received.

    It was a genuine question as I don't recall ever having seen a simple list giving this information, despite masses of figures and statistics being out there for all sorts of other things RAF-related. OK, it is a 'general' type of question, not a specific one like asking about 'Flying Officer so-and-so', but a genuine one nonetheless. It might be that such a list is out there, but I have never come across one in any of the books I've seen.

    But thank you again for your efforts. And yes, my 'wondering' was about the largest number of a/c sent against one target at one time.

    Ian

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