ROYAL AIR FORCE: OPERATIONS BY THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE UNITS, 1939-1945.

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  • HU 92987
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  • object name: Official photograph
  • object name: Aerial photograph (vertical)
  • object category: Black and white
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photographs

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Enlargement of part of a vertical photographic-reconnaissance aerial showing the German secret weapon (V3) site at Mimoyecques, near Marquise, France, after the daylight attack by aircraft of Bomber Command on 6 July 1944. The 18-foot thick concrete slab which covered three of the five 'England' gun shafts can be seen at centre, with the firing slots clearly visible. The large bomb craters, among the many which surround the area from previous Allied air raids, were caused by 12,000-lb "Tallboy" deep-penetration bombs dropped by No. 617 Squadron RAF during their daylight raid on 6 July 1944. Three near-misses and one direct hit on the corner of the slab (at its lower left) were enough to cause the collapse of one of the gun shafts and some of the underground tunnels. The Germans were unable to repair and complete the battery before it was overrun by the Allies the following month.

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