World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: Target: Luftwaffe

In six days U.S. and British bombers dropped 20,000 tons of bombs on Nazi targets. The heavy attacks brought Luftwaffe fighter planes out in force and that was exactly what the Allies, and particularly the day-fighting U.S. Strategic Command, wanted to see.

The air battles were hard-fought, but at week's end the tally showed at least 440 German planes destroyed, against a loss of at least 195 Allied aircraft. In terms of trained personnel and in weight of aircraft, the score was in Axis favor. The Allied forces lost more men, more...

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