List of air operations during the Battle of Europe

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This World War II timeline of European Air Operations lists notable military events in the skies of the European Theater of Operations of World War II from the Invasion of Poland to Victory in Europe Day. The list includes combined arms operations, defensive anti-aircraft warfare, and encompasses areas within the territorial waters of belligerent European states.[4]

1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945

1939[edit]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png September 1: At 4:40am the Luftwaffe starts World War II with the terror bombing of the Polish city of Wieluń. At 8:00am German ground forces cross the Polish border launching the invasion of Poland.

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png September 1: The Luftwaffe begins operation Wasserkante as part of the invasion of Poland. The first air attacks against Warsaw start.

RAF roundel.svg September 3: Flying officer Andrew McPherson is the first RAF pilot to cross the German coast after Britain declared war on Nazi Germany. Flying a Bristol Blenheim from 139 Squadron, his mission is to identify German maritime targets around Wilhelmshaven.[5]

RAF roundel.svg September 3: The RAF launches its first raid of the war over Germany territory. Eighteen Handley Page Hampdens and nine Vickers Wellingtons are sent to attack the German warships moored at the Wilhelmshaven naval base. However poor visibility prevents the bombers from finding any targets before nightfall so they return.[6]

RAF roundel.svg September 4: The RAF launches another bombing operation against German shipping. Fourteen Wellingtons from 9 and 149 Squadrons attack Brunsbuttel and 15 Bristol Blenheims from 107 and 110 Squadrons raid Wilhelmshaven bay. Five Blenheims and three Vickers Wellingtons are shot down through a combination of Messerschmitt Bf 109s and flak. They become the first British aircraft casualties on the Western Front.[7]

RAF roundel.svg September 4: The first British airman to be taken prisoner was Sergeant George Booth, a RAF Observer from 107 Squadron. He was captured after his Bristol Blenheim was shot down over the German coast.[8]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png September 13: The Bombing of Frampol was the war's first area bombardment

RAF roundel.svg September 20 The first recorded RAF "kill" of the Second World War is claimed by air observer Sergeant F Letchford aboard a Fairey Battle flown by Flying Officer LH Baker from 88 Squadron.[9]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png September 27: The Luftwaffe ceases its bombing campaign against Warsaw after its Polish garrison surrenders to German forces. Approximately 1,150 sorties were flown by a wide variety of aircraft, including obsolete Junkers Ju-52/3m bombers.[10]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png December 18: The first use of radar for defence (an "experimental Freya radar") gave warning of RAF bombers near the German Bight as they made an attack on Wilhelmshaven.[11]:20 However the German fighters were not permitted to intercept until visual confirmation was made - the bombers were attacked after they had dropped their bombs.

1940[edit]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png April 21: A bombing raid on Norway kills the first American military officer killed in World War II.

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png May 13: Luftflotte 3 (supported by Luftflotte 2) in the Battle of France executed the heaviest air bombardment to date (300 sorties)--the most intense by World War II Luftwaffe.

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png May 14: Under cover of Adolf Galland's air wing and after dummy paratroopers were airdropped (imitating battle noises after landing), Fort Eben-Emael was taken by glider troops in Belgium.[11]:3

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png May 14: The Rotterdam Blitz ended the Battle of the Netherlands

RAF roundel.svgMay 15: A kill shared by French pilot Rene Mouchotte and Englishman Jack Charles becomes the 1,000th victim of Biggin Hill fighters--Vickers threw a "fabulous party"[1]

RAF roundel.svgMay 15: The RAF lost the 100th of its France-based bombers. In 72 hours, it had lost half of its offensive force.[12]

RAF roundel.svg May 15/16: In the 1st large-scale World War II strategic bombing[13]:53 and the 1st attack on the German "backcountry", just 24 of 96 dispatched bombers found the Ruhr Area power stations and refineries.[14]

French-roundel.svg May 19: French fighters strafed advanced columns of Operation Abendsegen[11]:4

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png May 27, 1940: Heinkels bombarded the Dunkirk perimeter followed by Stukas and Dorniers: RAF roundel.svg opposition included the "first major encounter" by Spitfires of No. 74 Squadron RAF.[15]:71

RAF roundel.svg May 27/28: A No. 10 Squadron RAF Whitley tail gunner was the first in the RAF to down a German fighter.

RAF roundel.svg June 2: Robert Stanford Tuck led a wing of Spitfires from RAF Martlesham Heath, the first "big formation" of the war, against 8 Heinkel IIIs and about 25 Messerschmitt Bf-109s over the Calais area.[16]:108

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png June 3: Operation Paula was Nazi Germany's "single attempt at strategic air warfare during the French campaign."[11]:7

French-roundel.svg June 7–8: French Air Force raid is the first against Berlin.[citation needed]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png June 9: Germany attains air supremacy in the Battle of France

RAF roundel.svg June 11/12: First British bombing of Italy with a raid on Turin.[2][specify]

RAF roundel.svg June 26: The RAF Advanced Air Striking Force disbanded after beginning operations in France in May

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png July 24: Ferrying of Luftwaffe aircraft to the Channel Coast ended the first phase of the Battle of Britain[11]:15

RAF roundel.svg August 9: The Birmingham Blitz began and (along with Hull Blitz) became the basis for the RAF dehousing bombing policy in 1942.

RAF roundel.svg August 25: First RAF raid on Berlin

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png September 7: The Blitz bombing of Britain began with 57 nights of air raids

RAF roundel.svg September 8: Three Dornier 17 bombers are downed by a single shot from a "Territorial gun crew" near Farnington.[17]:129

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png September 15: In a single day, the Luftwaffe loses 60 aircraft over England during the Battle of Britain[18]:68

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png November 30: The second phase of The Blitz began against British industrial and port cities

1941[edit]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png January 21: As revenge for the British raids on Berlin, Germany started the Baby Blitz (planned since November 27).[17]:396

10 February : Operation Colossus, the first British paratrooper raid, blew up an Italian aqueduct.[specify]

RAF roundel.svg March 31/April 1: A bombing raid on Emden is the first use of the 4,000 lb (1,800 kg) HC "cookie" blockbuster bomb

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png April 15: The Belfast Blitz kills 1000, the greatest loss of British lives outside London from a night raid

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png June 22 - July 3: In the opening phase of Operation Barbarossa, the Luftwaffe achieved air superiority by destroying some 2,000 Soviet aircraft, at a loss of only 35 aircraft (of which 15 were non-combat-related).

Red star.svg August 8–9: The Red Army Air Force began a limited bombing offensive with a raid on Berlin.[19]

RAF roundel.svg c. August 15: Robert Stanford Tuck led the first air mission by fighters based in eastern England against enemy-occupied territories in a "Rhubarb" sweep of the Netherlands for ground targets by two Hawker Hurricanes .[16]:215–219

RAF roundel.svg August 18: A 18 Squadron Blenheim dropped an artificial leg over France for captured Wing Commander Douglas Bader.[2]


RAF roundel.svg November 7: A large raid on Berlin lost 20 bombers and caused little damage. The head of Bomber Command was subsequently replaced in February 1942.

RAF roundel.svg December 7/8: 251 bombers target Aachen and Brest—the Brest attack was the first operational use of the Oboe navigation system

RAF roundel.svg December 18: Blenheim aircraft conducted the first night intruder attack, successfully striking Soesterberg airfield in the Netherlands with bombs and attacking two German bombers in the air with guns

1942[edit]

RAF roundel.svg February 16: The first regular operations with the American Boston bomber were conducted.

RAF roundel.svgMarch 8/9: The first city raid following the February 14 Area bombing directive bombed Essen.

RAF roundel.svg March 13/14: Gee radio navigation was first used during a bombing of Cologne. [20]

March 25/26: In the largest force (254 aircraft) sent to a single target to date, bombers of an Essen mission were drawn off by decoy fire from Rheinberg[specify]

RAF roundel.svg March 28/29: The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the 1st major success for RAF Bomber Command against a German city.

RAF roundel.svg April 8/9: The largest force to date (272 aircraft) bomb Hamburg

RAF roundel.svg April 17: The Augsburg Raid is the first to attempt low-level daylight bombing for accuracy - in this case against the factory producing engines for U-boats. Half of the 12 bombers were shot down for little damage caused.

Roundel of the German Air Force (with Border).svg April 23–29: The first period of the Baedeker Blitz bomb the provincial cities of Exeter, Bath, Norwich, and York.

RAF roundel.svg April 23–27: Bombing of Rostock. [21]

RAF roundel.svgMay 30: The first use of the bomber stream and the first British large scale operation, as part of Operation Millennium the first "Thousand Bomber" raid is sent against Cologne, Germany. Of the 1,047 aircraft sent, nearly 900 bombed the target area - the whole raid passing over in 90 minutes.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svgJune 11–12: First American daylight raid over European soil, against petroleum wells, in Ploiești Romania amongst objectives in Bulgaria the first stages of American Bombing offensive [22]

RAF roundel.svgJune 25/26: The third "Thousand bomber" raid bombs Bremen, a new record of RAF Bomber Command losses (48 of 1,067 aircraft)

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svgRAF roundel.svgJuly 4: The first American bombing mission over enemy-occupied territory in Europe used 20 Boston bombers (plus 6 RAF-crewed Bostons) to attack the Alkmaar, Hammsted, and Valkenburg airfields -- [23]:106 only two reached the target area (two shot down, the others heavily damaged)[11]:111

82 ABD SSI.svg August 15: 82nd Airborne is the first US airborne division. (the first combat jumps were 8 November 1942 by the 509th Parachute Battalion in the North Africa Operation Torch).[23]:106,107

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg August 17: The 87th bomber Squadron,[11]:111 led by Ira Eaker of the VIII Bomber Command, conducted the first "heavy bomber" attack on the European continent.[23]:102

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svgAugust 17: In a mission against the Rouen/Sotteville marshalling yard and the first all-US bombing raid, 2nd Lt Sam F Junkin becomes the first American pilot to down a German fighter [23]:107

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg August 17: 12 B-17s of the 97 BG (including one with Eaker aboard) bombed the Sotteville railyard 3 miles (4.8 km) North of Rouen, France, in the "first combat action" of the Eighth Air Force and the first B-17 bombing of Europe.

Roundel of the German Air Force (with Border).svg August/September: Case Blue included area bombardment during the Battle of Stalingrad

RAF roundel.svg September 2/3:[specify] The first use of the 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) High Capacity bomb (Blockbuster bomb) was against Karlsruhe.[24]:1441

RAF roundel.svg October 24: 88 aircraft use independent routes over France to rendezvous at Lake Annecy for a daylight raid on Milan

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg December 12: B-17 303d Bombardment Group#Wulf Hound surrendered to the Luftwaffe and was assigned to Kampfgeschwader 200 in September 1943.

RAF roundel.svg December 22: An unsuccessful Bombing of Frankfurt am Main in World War II was the first use of the Master Bomber tactic.[citation needed]

1943[edit]

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg January 27: The first World War II US mission flown against the German homeland bombs Wilhelmshaven.[23]:107

RAF roundel.svg March 5/6: The first raid of the Battle of the Ruhr[2] flew RAF Bomber Command's 100,000th sortie of World War II, with 160 acres destroyed and 53 Krupps buildings bombed at Essen.

RAF roundel.svg April 16/17:A force of 327 Lancasters and Halifaxes set out to destroy the Skoda arms factory at Plzen, Czechoslovakia.271 aircraft raided Mannheim as a diversion the same night. The force mistook the mental hospital near Dobrany to be the factory at Plzen. The raid sustained the heaviest losses until that point in the air war. [25]

June 23, 1943 RAF reconnaissance photo of Peenemünde Test Stand VII

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg April 13: The Eighth Air Force's largest mission to date (115 B-17s) destroys half of the Focke-Wulf factory buildings in Bremen

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg May 5: P-47s are first used for escorting bombers.

RAF roundel.svg May 17: Operation Chastise bouncing bombs breached the Möhne and Eder Dams

RAF roundel.svg June 11/12: The first two Operation Pointblank raids included a successful mass trial of H2S radar on Münster

Roundel of the German Air Force (with Border).svg June 13: The heaviest fighter attacks to date against the Eighth Air Force claim 26 B-17s bombing Bremen & Kiel U-boat facilities.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg c. June: A 100 BG B-17 surrendered and then escaped.

RAF roundel.svg June 20/21: Operation Bellicose targets Würzburg radar production and is the first bombing of a V-2 rocket facility.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg July 19: The first Allied World War II bombing of Rome drops 800 tons of bombs on Littoro and Clampino airports, causing immense damage and 2000 deaths[23]:110

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svgRAF roundel.svg July 24: After the US developed an airborne radar immune to Window, the first use of the countermeasure (40 tonnes—92 million strips) were dropped during a Hamburg bombing mission.[26]:145

Roundel of the German Air Force (with Border).svg July 29 First use of unguided air-to-air rockets against American combat box formations of heavy bombers by JG 1 Oesau and JG 11, attacking with Bf 109Gs and Fw 190As each armed with pairs of Werfer-Granate 21 rocket ordnance, developed from the 21 cm Nebelwerfer 42 ground barrage rocket system.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg August 1: Flying from North Africa Operation Tidal Wave bombs the oil refineries at Ploiești. A large number of the bombers are lost for little strategic benefit. Five Medals of Honor are awarded to American aircrew.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg August 13: The first Ninth Air Force raid on Austria bombed the Wiener Neustadt Bf 109 factory

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svgRAF roundel.svg August 17: The double-strike USAAF Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission was the third shuttle bombing. British aircraft operate diversionary attacks.

RAF roundel.svg August 17/18: The Operation Hydra bombing of V-2 facilities at Peenemünde began Operation Crossbow.

Roundel of the German Air Force (with Border).svgAugust 18: The counterattack against Operation Hydra included the first operational use of Schräge Musik by German fighters[27]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png August 25: The first use of a guided anti-ship missile in wartime occurs over the Bay of Biscay, as the Royal Navy's HMS Bideford and HMS Landguard are damaged by Luftwaffe-deployed Henschel Hs 293 rocket-boosted, MCLOS-guidance glide bombs.

RAF roundel.svg August 27: The first mission against a "Heavy" Crossbow site bombed the Watten V-2 rocket bunker

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png September 9: The Luftwaffe's KG 100 bomber wing is involved with the world's first successful use of a precision-guided munition in military history, through their sinking of the Italian battleship Roma, using the Fritz X armored gravity-propulsion PGM munition.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg October 10: As a result of the June "surrender/escape" of a 100 BG B-17, out of the 13 B-17s of 100 BG attacking a railyard in Münster, only the B-17F of Robert Rosenthal survives to return safely to RAF Thorpe Abbotts in England.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svgRAF roundel.svg October 14: The Second Raid on Schweinfurt (Black Thursday) resulted in 122 damaged bombers and 650 MIA/KIA.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg RAF roundel.svg November 1: A Combined Bomber Offensive progress report estimates that 19/19/9 German towns & cities have been virtually destroyed/severely damaged/more effectively damaged – another report claims 10% of German war potential had been destroyed[3]

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg November 2: The USAAF 12th Air Force conducted the first large Allied aerial attack against Zadar, Italy

RAF roundel.svg November 2: A raid targeting the Wiener Neustadt Messerschmitt plant damaged the nearby Raxwerke V-2 rocket facility.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg November 3: A Wilhelmshaven raid is the first Eighth Air Force blind-bombing mission to completely destroy the aiming point, the Eighth's first 500-plane mission, and the first use by the US of H2X radar

RAF roundel.svg November 18/19: The "Battle of Berlin" aerial campaign bombing began

RAF roundel.svg November 22/23: The largest force sent to bomb Berlin to date (764 aircraft) conducted the most effective World War II raid on Berlin

Roundel of the German Air Force (with Border).svg December 2: 100 Ju-88s bombed the port of Bari, hitting a secret store of US mustard gas (83 of the sailors died within a month). Autopsies indicated excess white blood cells, and the discovery led to the use of the gas to combat leukemia (the secret regarding the storage at Bari of mustard gas was subsequently declassified in 1959).[26]:149

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg December 5: B-26s of the Ninth Air Force attacked three V-1 ski sites near Ligescourt, the first No-Ball missions.[28]:29

1944[edit]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png  January 21: The unsuccessful Operation Steinbock, the first mass bombing of London, began the Baby Blitz

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg January 30: The first U.S. Intruder operation was conducted by P-47s and accurately preceded the bombers to strike fighters at Villaorba airfield.

RAF roundel.svg February 19/20: Handley Page Halifax IIs and Vs were permanently withdrawn from operations to Germany after 14.9% of those that did not turn back were lost on a raid to Leipzig.

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg February 20–25: The Argument plan was executed during Big Week and included 734 aircraft that had flown in the October 1943 Second Raid on Schweinfurt

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg March 6: The first large scale US attack on Berlin (some 600 bombers) dropped 1600 tons of bombs - 160-170 of 800-900 fighters are shot down[23]:113

RAF roundel.svg March: As Seversky predicted in 1942,[18] Bomber Command's 16 area bombardment raids of the Battle of Berlin (air) are unsuccessful at "substantially" reducing population and morale

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg March–April: Bombing stopped aircraft production at Cantiere Navale Triestino

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg April 24: The APS-15 "Mickey" radar was first used on a Ploiești mission.[13]

RAF roundel.svg June 2: The first US shuttle bombing mission, Operation Frantic Joe, bombed Debrecen
(Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png  German fighters subsequently attack the bombers on Soviet airfields at Focşani)

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg June 2–5: In preparation for Operation Overlord, Operation Cover bombed transportation and airfield targets in Northern France and "coastal defenses, mainly located in the Pas de Calais coastal area, to deceive the enemy as to the sector to be invaded".

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg June 8: The first use of the Azon guided bomb targeted the Melun bridge

RAF roundel.svg June 8/9: The first use of Tallboy bombs pierced the roof of the Saumur railway tunnel and blocked the expected movement of a German Panzer Division

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png  June 12 0418 hrs: The Robot Blitz[29] began with a V-1 flying bomb striking Swanscombe

RAF roundel.svg June 14/15: The first V-1 was shot down by a fighter

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png  July 3: 74 US military personnel died in (the most for one London event) when a V-1 flying bomb struck Sloane Court East / Turks Row.

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png  July 7:[1] The first of 638 modified V-1 flying bombs that reached Britain (of about 1,200) were air-launched from Heinkel He 111s (RAF roundel.svg403 were downed)[30]

RAF roundel.svg July 23/24: The first major raid (629 aircraft) on a German city for two months bombs Kiel

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg July 25: Mission 494 (1581/500 bombers/fighters) supporting Operation Cobra was the most effective saturation bombing/carpet bombing/area bombardment of the Normandy Campaign,[31] killing US General McNair.

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png  July 26 The first aerial victory for a jet fighter in air combat history occurs as a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a of Erprobungskommando 262 mortally damages a de Havilland Mosquito reconnaissance aircraft of No. 540 Squadron RAF.[32]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png  July 28 The first operational use of rocket-powered point-defense interceptors occurs as Me 163Bs of I. Gruppe/JG 400 take off from Brandis to defend against a USAAF strategic bombing raid on the Merseburg/Leuna synthetic fuel production complex.[33]

RAF roundel.svg August 27: The RAF restarted daylight bombing of Germany (first since 12 August 1941) with an attack on the Homberg Fischer-Tropsch plant in Hamburg.[34]:149

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg  August 13 & 17: Le Havre (Mission 549) and La Pallice (Mission 559) were the targets for the first uses of the BAT guided bomb[citation needed]

Regulation WW II Underwing Balkenkreuz.png  September 8: Operation Penguin began with the first V-2 rocket launches against Paris and London

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg  September 17: The last UK-USSR-Italy-UK shuttle bombing was completed as 72 B-17s and 59 P-51s flew from Italy without bombs to the UK; 70 B-17s 57 P-51s land safely in the UK.

Red star.svg  September 18: Stalin finally gives permission for Allied planes to use Soviet Airfields. The planes conducted air drops during the Warsaw Uprising and Operation Frantic.[35]

1945[edit]

Roundel of the German Air Force (with Border).svg January 1: Operation Bodenplatte supported the last major German offensive, Operation Nordwind, and resulted in the defeat of the Luftwaffe

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg January 5: The first mission of Operation Cornflakes begins when a mail train to Linz was bombed. Fake mailbags containing anti-Nazi propaganda were then dropped on the wreckage in the hope the letters would be unwittingly delivered by the Reichspost. The OSS dropped two million Das Neue Deutschland (German: The New Germany) propaganda newspapers during this psychological warfare operation; which ended in February.[26]:104

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg February 3: The USAAF conducts its largest raid of the war against Berlin. The attack is led by Major Robert Rosenthal of the 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy).[36] Judge-President of the People's Court Roland Freisler is killed in the bombing.

RAF roundel.svgUS Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg February 13–15: The controversial Bombing of Dresden in World War II firestorm consumes the picturesque centre of the city.

RAF roundel.svg March 12: A Dortmund raid of 1108 aircraft was the heaviest World War II raid on a European city.[37]

RAF roundel.svg March 14: The first of 41 Grand Slam bombs used in the war is dropped on the Bielefeld viaduct

RAF roundel.svgUS Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg February: To open Operation Veritable/Grenade, Operation Clarion began attacks on 200 targets with 20,000 bombers and escort fighters.[24]:2059

Balkenkreuz.svg March 17: V-2 rockets were fired at the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen

Roundel of the German Air Force (with Border).svg March 18: Against Mission 894 attacking Berlin (1,329 bombers and 733 fighters), the Luftwaffe makes its most concentrated and successful attacks to date with Me 262s.

USA - Army Field Artillery Insignia.png March 22: 200 Piper L-4 Grasshoppers each carried one armed infantryman (instead of an observer) across the Rhine to establish a US 3rd Army bridgehead near Oppenheim.[24]:2068 (light aviation became a major part of the Army Field Artillery fire detection center on June 4, 1942)[23]:104

18 ABC SSI.svg March 24: Operation Varsity provided airborne support for Operation Plunder

Balkenkreuz.svg April 10. An Arado Ar 234, based in Nazi-occupied Denmark, conducts an unmolested reconnaissance mission over northern Scotland. It is the final Luftwaffe operation over the British Isles.[38]

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg April 25: The last Eighth Air Force full-scale mission in the ETO hit the Škoda Works at Pilsen in Czechoslovakia (B-17s), while B-24s bombed rail complexes surrounding Hitler's Berchtesgaden.

RAF roundel.svg May 2:A RAF mosquito from 608 squadron in Norfolk conducts the last British bombing raid of the war against Nazi Germany. It dropped a 4,000lb bomb on the naval port at Kiel.[39]

RAF roundel.svg May 3: Typhoons of 83 Group from the 2nd Tactical Air Force attack three passenger liners, the Cap Arcona, Thielbek, and Deutschland, in the Baltic Sea. Hundreds of concentration camp prisoners are drowned in the sinking ships because intelligence they are on board is not passed on to the flight crews.[40]

USA - Army Field Artillery Insignia.png May 7: The final European dogfight of World War II between an L-4 Grasshopper (using .45 caliber pistols) and a German Fieseler Fi 156 Storch forced the German aircrew to land and surrender.

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    1940: May-June (Battle of France) July-December June-October (Battle of Britain)
    1941: January-April May-August September- December
    1942: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    1943: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    1944: January, February March, April, May, June(D-Day), July, August, September, October, November, December
    1945 January, February, March, April
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    1942: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    1943: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    1944: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    1945: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September
    NOTE: The Chronicles for August 13, 1944 inaccurately list the BATTY mission as an APHRODITE mission
  4. ^ NOTE: Air offensive or defensive operations does not include cargo operations such as Operation Carpetbagger or reconnaissance from air.
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  35. ^ Stalin's Private Airfields; The diplomacy surrounding the AAF mission to aid the Poles and the mission itself is extensively covered in Richard C. Lukas's The Strange Allies: The United States and Poland, 1941-1945, pp. 61-85. Warsaw Rising Museum
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