This is a 14 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War II - European Theater - The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Raid. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
The summer of 1943 saw an expansion of US bomber forces in England as aircraft began returning from North Africa and new aircraft arrived from the United States. This growth in strength coincided with the commencement of Operation Pointblank. Devised by Air Marshal Arthur "Bomber" Harris and Major General Carl Spaatz, Pointblank was intended to destroy the Luftwaffe and its infrastructure prior to the invasion of Europe. This was to be accomplished through a combined bomber offensive against German aircraft factories, ball bearing plants, fuel depots, and other related targets.
The combined Schweinfurt-Regensburg Raid cost the USAAF 60 B-17s and 55 aircrews. The crews lost totaled 552 men, of who half became prisoners of war and 20 were interned by the Swiss. Aboard aircraft that safely returned to base, 7 aircrew were killed, with another 21 wounded. In addition to the bomber force, the Allies lost 3 P-47 Thunderbolts and 2 Spitfires.
While Allied air crews claimed 318 German aircraft, the Luftwaffe reported that only 27 fighters had been lost. Though Allied losses were severe, they succeeding in inflicting heavy damage on both the Messerschmitt plants and the ball bearing factories.
The losses during the raid led Allied leaders to re-think the feasibility of un-escorted, long-range, daylight raids on Germany. These types of raids would be temporarily suspended after a 2nd raid on Schweinfurt sustained 20% casualties on October 14, 1943.
The presentation covers the following:
Forces & Commanders
Early Pointblank Missions
4th BW Losses
1st BW Losses
Return Trip Home
End of Presentation
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