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Raf bombardements on Blankenberge (Belgian coast) 1940-1942

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  1. CNOCK

    CNOCK Member

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    Hello,
    this is probably a long shot, but does any one has info on the RAF units that bombed Blankenberge during several days in May 1940, September 1940, October and November, 1940, July and August 1941 and the heaviest attack on 24 April 1942.

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    Cnock
     
  2. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    This probably isn't too much help, but Middllebrook's 'Bomber Command War Diaries' shows that the target for 24th April 1942 was Flushing docks, apparently for a force of 12 Douglas Bostons.

    I'm wondering if perhaps Blankenberge was bombed in error for Flushing ? These would most likely have been Boston IIIs from either 99 or 226 Squadrons who at the time were tasked with daylight raids over Holland, Belgium and France as aprt of the strategy of 'leaning over the Channel'.
     
  3. CNOCK

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    Hello Martin,

    thanks for answering. Blankenberge was bombed at midnight during the night of 24 on 25 April 1942.

    regards,

    Cnock
     
  4. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    OK - there was activity that night ; 39 aircraft were sent to Dunkirk and 4 Bristol Blenheims were 'intruding'.

    It's frustrating, but that is all the information cited by Middlebrook. I know of no other readily available resource for these early raids so if no-one else on here can assist, the information will need to come from the National Archives.
     
  5. CNOCK

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    Martin,

    thanks any way!
     
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    Sorry I couldn't be of more help. As an aside, it's becoming more obvious that the earlier Bomber Command raids (in contrast to the later, post-1000 bomber activity ) are in danger of being 'lost to history'.
     
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    OK! Thanks!
     

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