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June 9th 1944 - 'Tallboy' dropped


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‘Tallboy’ bombs hit the Saumur Tunnel

 

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Vertical photographic-reconnaissance aerial, taken from 10,000 feet, showing the southern entrance of the Saumur railway tunnel following the attack on it by 22 Avro Lancasters of No. 617 Squadron RAF on the night of 8/9 June 1944. This raid was the first occasion on which the 12,000-lb ‘Tallboy’ deep-penetration bomb was used operationally. The target was marked by the Squadron Commander, Wing Commander G L Cheshire, who delivered his spotfires from an altitude of 500 feet, and the accuracy of the subsequent bombing, delivered between 8,000 and 11,000 feet, is attested by the 18 craters which can be counted within 220 yards of the tunnel mouth. One ‘Tallboy’ has pierced the roof of the tunnel, and there are two further direct hits on the railway tracks 100 yards from the entrance. The tunnel was blocked for a considerable period and, consequently, the movement of a German tank unit to the Normandy battlefront was badly delayed.

 

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A 12,000-lb MC bomb (Bomber Command executive codeword ‘Tallboy’) seen immediately after its release from Avro Lancaster B Mark I, JB139, of No. 617 Squadron RAF over the flying-bomb store at Watten, France, 19 June 1944.

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It was also day when Russians started their last massive attack against Finland in karelian isthmus - sorry for off-topic. :)

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No problem... we just need a map of that area, and all the equipment :)

 

Well, most of the facts can be found here for example: http://rajajoki.com/torjunta.htm :)

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That's some nice bombing considering the tech at the time.

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