Dresden by Frederick Taylor

By Frederick Taylor

For many years it's been assumed that the Allied bombing of Dresden -- a classy urban well-known for its china, chocolate, and high-quality watches -- used to be militarily unjustifiable, an act of retribution for Germany's ceaseless bombing of London and different elements of England.

Now, Frederick Taylor's groundbreaking study deals a totally new exam of the proof and divulges that Dresden used to be a hugely militarized urban actively serious about the creation of army armaments and communications. Incorporating first-hand debts, contemporaneous press fabric and memoirs, and never-before-seen executive documents, Taylor proves unequivocally the very genuine army chance Dresden posed -- and the way a legacy of propaganda shrouded the reality for sixty years.

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Three days later the Japanese launched the only joint IJNAF-JAAF air attack of the war in Burma when G4M 'Bettys', with a Zero-sen escort, joined 18 Ki-21 'Sallys', escorted by 70+ Ki-43s. Their target was Calcutta's King George V docks. Among the first fighters to be scrambled from the Chittagong area were those of No 136 Sqn, while Spitfires from Nos 607 and 615 Sqns got airborne soon afterwards. However, as the enemy formation headed further west out over the sea, bound for Calcutta, only No 136 Sqn and the Hurricanes of No 258 Sqn managed to intercept them.

Bob Cross was described by a colleague thus; 'He was very much a reclusive, almost withdrawn, chap who, whilst not unsociable, tended to keep very much to himself. But he would frequently drop what he was doing, pick up his kit and walk out to his aircraft, telling his crew the squadron would be scrambled in x-number of minutes - and it was! ' No 81 Sqn's last, and most traumatic, day at 'Broadway' started as normal when the CO, Sqn Ldr Whitamore, led the detachment in at dawn on the 17th. Once the warning of incoming 'hostiles' had been given, he and Fig Off Peart scrambled, leaving the others in reserve.

The first, led by 27-kill ace Lt Gouchi Sumino, was intercepted by 20+ Spitfires of Nos 136 and 607 Sqns. Fit Lt Gordon Conway led the former down on the Ki-43s, which were flying at about 15,000 ft, shortly after 0830 hrs. In the resulting fierce combat, five 'Oscars' were claimed shot down and others damaged. Australian Fit Lt D E W Garvan was credited with two destroyed, taking his tally to three, while Conway, once again flying JL319/HM-B, also claimed a Ki-43 for his seventh, and last, victory, as he described many years later; 'I spotted the first Jap squadron crossing from right to left, slightly below, going south over the beaches.

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