WW2 Luftwaffe bombers over Barnstaple and Ilfracombe
A 1940s German target identification photo-document for pilots to use in air-raids
To enable Luftwaffe bomber aircrew to identify their targets from the air during the raids on each town or city, their pilots were issued with an A4-size loose-leaf photo-document set containing a map and printed half-tone aerial photograph(s) of the specific area to be attacked.
These documents varied in size for individual towns or cities from single pages, printed both sides, to several pages of photographs. Each image was captioned to assist in navigation, positioning and target identification purposes and the crews were ordered ... "Zum Verbrauch! Mitnahme von Ausschnitten des Bildteiles zum Feindflug gestattet" (To be used! ... take these photographs with you on raids).
An original Luftwaffe Barnstaple and Ilfracombe set
This WW2 Luftwaffe pilot's set for air-raids on Barnstaple and Ilfracombe consists of:
5 sheets, 11 x 8 inches (30 cms x 21 cms), printed both sides. 10 pages of Luftwaffe map and photographs. 1 map, targets or other features marked in red. 3 full-page and 10 half-page aerial photographs, captioned in German.
This original photo-document set has great historical significance both as one of the few surviving German wartme documents planning bombing activity over Britain and as an exceedingly scarce local history item.
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