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  • C 3898
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  • object name: Official photograph
  • object name: Aerial photograph (vertical)
  • object category: Black and white

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Vertical photograph taken from 19,000 feet during a night raid on Hannover, showing an Avro Lancaster, silhouetted by the many incendiary fires below, flying due south over the Sudstadt district. The main thoroughfare, picked out by incendiaries and running from lower left to upper right, is the northern end of Sallstrasse. 3,932 buildings were totally destroyed, and more than 30,000 damaged in varying degree, by the intense conflagration in the central and south central districts of the city resulting from this attack.


A photograph taken from 19,000 feet during an RAF raid on Hannover on the night of 8/9 October 1943. An Avro Lancaster can be seen silhouetted against the fires below.

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