Wednesday, November 7, 2018
"We Guide To Strike"-- Part 1: 156 Squadron Pathfinder Force
From the Paralyzed Veterans of America 2018 Calendar Heroes of the Air. With another amazing painting by Aviation Artist Gil Cohen.
You see five British RAF men at a high altitude, four working with instruments and one flying the plane.
Here, a Lancaster of 156 Squadron Pathfinder Force, flying ahead of the main force of bombers, makes a run over its target in the heavily defended German industrial Ruhr Valley.
The Ruhr, the greatest industrial area in all of Germany, was the most heavily defended target in the world. The Ruhr Valley was almost always covered by an almost permanent smoke-haze from the factories, which made visual pin-pointing of towns below nearly impossible at night.