Flying deep into Germany


This chart outlines the routes to and from the targets of the first American deep-penetration bombing raid of World War II: the ball-bearing factories of Schweinfurt and the Messerschmitt aircraft factory in Regensburg. The 306th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force followed these routes on August 17, 1943. The 8th Air Force lost 60 of its 376 aircraft that day.

National Archives, Records of the Army Air Forces


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