BATTLE OF EUROPE: A Night to be Above

Düsseldorf's turn came on a moonless night last week. Three nights later it was Bremen's. Simultaneously Soviet bombers ranged over eastern Europe, attacking Königsberg in East Prussia, Bucharest and Rumania's Ploesti oil fields.

The air offensive of the United Nations seemed to be gaining in coordination, as well as in force and frequency. The Bremen raid involved perhaps 400 to 500 planes. The force which plastered Düsseldorf and its great steel works was closer to the 1,000-plane figure than any which had hit the Continent since June 1, when Cologne took a knockout blow.

For the R.A.F., which lost 31 planes, Düsseldorf...

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