Operation Gomorrah

Definition

Operation Gomorrah (aka the Battle of Hamburg or Hamburg Air Offensive) was a sustained area bombing campaign of the German port of Hamburg in four night attacks by the Royal Air Force and two daytime attacks by the United States Air Force in July and August 1943. Over 3,000 bombers created a firestorm, which resulted in 46,000 civilian deaths, one of the worst civilian disasters of the Second World War (1939-45).

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  • Jul 1943 - Aug 1943
    The combined RAF and USAAF bombing of Hamburg (Operation Gomorrah) resulting in 46,000 deaths.
  • 24 Jul 1943
    First RAF bombing wave of Operation Gomorrah against Hamburg.
  • 25 Jul 1943
    First USAAF bombing wave of Operation Gomorrah against Hamburg.
  • 26 Jul 1943
    Second USAAF bombing wave of Operation Gomorrah agaisnt Hamburg.
  • 27 Jul 1943
    Second RAF bombing wave of Operation Gomorrah against Hamburg.
  • 29 Jul 1943
    Third RAF bombing wave of Operation Gomorrah against Hamburg.
  • 2 Aug 1943
    Fourth RAF bombing wave of Operation Gomorrah against Hamburg.
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