The raid had all number of problems even at the planning stage 1000 planes in the air would make an easy target for anti aircraft fire could bomber command sustain heavy casualties. The raids were useful propaganda for the allies and particularly for raf bomber command head arthur harriss concept of a strategic bombing offensive bomber commands poor performance in bombing accuracy during 1941 had led to calls for the force to be split up and diverted to other urgent theatres eg the battle of the atlantic . 442 aircraft in the first raid of the battle of the ruhr on the night that marked raf bomber commands 100000th sortie of the war fourteen aircraft 4 lancasters 4 wellingtons 3 halifaxes 3 stirlings were lost 32 per cent of the force. The success of that first raid was convincing while the two major follow up thousand raids on essen and bremen in june were less so but still emphatically justified bomber commands new expansive and aggressive role. Fact file thousand bomber raids 30 may 1 june and 25 june 1942 with an ambiguity which came to typify bomber commands orders to launch raids on industrial centres while targeting the
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