World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY (Air): Losing Game

The bare statistics were awesome. From the beginning of U.S. air operations in Europe through the end of this October, the heavy bombers of the Eighth and Fifteenth Air Forces had dropped 638,880 tons of explosives on German targets; more than half of the total had gone to the Reich homeland. Bombers and fighters together had destroyed 15,210 German planes. And all this was entirely apart from the operations of the Ninth and Twelfth (Tactical) U.S. Air Forces, or of the R.A.F., which flexed its muscles this week with a smashing 3,088 ton assault on oil refineries near Harburg.


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