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Planes 1940/1945 Air Raid on Germany
« on: Sunday 25 February 18 16:41 GMT (UK) »
Written on the back of this photo (my father's writing) Air Raid on Germany. No date and, possibly Brighton as he was there between 1940/1945.
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Re: Planes 1940/1945 Air Raid on Germany
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 25 February 18 20:51 GMT (UK) »
Difficult to tell for sure from the distance and quality.  RAF only had 3 four engine bombers in the war.  The single tail plane indicates they are not Avro Lancaster's  or  Halifax's bombers so from an RAF view point that leaves the Short Sterling.  Only thing is of course they could be American B-17 Flying fortress's

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Re: Planes 1940/1945 Air Raid on Germany
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 25 February 18 21:22 GMT (UK) »
I think that they are Boeing B17 bombers and this would narrow the date to probably 1944.

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Re: Planes 1940/1945 Air Raid on Germany
« Reply #3 on: Monday 26 February 18 07:02 GMT (UK) »
Difficult to tell for sure from the distance and quality.  RAF only had 3 four engine bombers in the war.  The single tail plane indicates they are not Avro Lancaster's  or  Halifax's bombers so from an RAF view point that leaves the Short Sterling.  Only thing is of course they could be American B-17 Flying fortress's

Interesting information. Unfortunately not the best photograph.

Thank you.

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Re: Planes 1940/1945 Air Raid on Germany
« Reply #4 on: Monday 26 February 18 07:07 GMT (UK) »
I think that they are Boeing B17 bombers and this would narrow the date to probably 1944.

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Thank you for that, will go for the  Boeing B17 bombers. The date would also fit in with my father being in Brighton in 1944. He was also in the Home Guard.

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Re: Planes 1940/1945 Air Raid on Germany
« Reply #5 on: Monday 26 February 18 09:44 GMT (UK) »
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I think that they are Boeing B17 bombers and this would narrow the date to probably 1944.

RAF Bomber Command operated a squadron of B17's in 1941. The USAAF deployed B17 squadrons in the UK from mid-1942.

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Re: Planes 1940/1945 Air Raid on Germany
« Reply #6 on: Monday 26 February 18 13:14 GMT (UK) »
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I think that they are Boeing B17 bombers and this would narrow the date to probably 1944.

RAF Bomber Command operated a squadron of B17's in 1941. The USAAF deployed B17 squadrons in the UK from mid-1942.

That is very interesting - my father was in the Home Guard when in Brighton 1940/1943.

Many thanks

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Re: Planes 1940/1945 Air Raid on Germany
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 09:23 GMT (UK) »
Close formation and daylight so likely to be USAAF.

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Re: Planes 1940/1945 Air Raid on Germany
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 28 February 18 06:08 GMT (UK) »
Close formation and daylight so likely to be USAAF.

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Thank you for that.

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