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Luftwaffe over Normandy - Sources


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Found a rather comprehensive overview of Luftwaffe operations over Normandy, by Oberst Walter Gaul.

 

Includes details of sorties flown by day, night and by bomber, recon operations, types of missions and weapons loadout used. cc. 14 000 sorties were flown in June and 15 500 in July.

 

Appearantly bombers used large amount of aerial sea mines (BM 1000, LMB - In July 1,644 L.M.B. and 993 BM 1000 were laid)  for mining operations, torpedoes, circling torpedoes (LT 350) and guided glide bombs  (Hs 293, "PX" - Fritz X?) and heavy anti shipping AP bombs (PC 1400, PC 1800).

 

Contains also various useful appendixes on sorties flown by type of aircraft, aircraft bases, heavy artillery positions.

 

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/g/gaf-invasion-normandy.html

 

 

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We have LizLemon's torpedoes. Now for some mines. Poor Allies. And poor devs and effects making:

 

 

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4 hours ago, VO101Kurfurst said:

Contains also various useful appendixes on sorties flown by type of aircraft, aircraft bases, heavy artillery positions.

 

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/g/gaf-invasion-normandy.html

 

 

Now that is interesting:

 

22)

During this first month of invasion, Luftflotte 3 had succeeded in maintaining its strength despite considerable losses. From 6 June to 7 July it had received a total of 1,105 aircraft, comprising 24 reconnaissance planes, 83 bombers and 998 fighters. The number of sorties flown up to 1 July, 1944, was:

3,568 bombers carrying bombs, mines and torpedoes;
9,151 day fighters, fighter bombers and reconnaissance aircraft;
1,101 night fighters;
153 supply planes.

These German figures of 13,983 aircraft compare with an allied total of 96,000 planes.

During the same period, units of Luftflotte 3 and of the 1st Jagdkorps (fighter Korps) shot down 414 aircraft (by day fighter), 219 aircraft (by night fighter) and 672 aircraft (by A.A. fire) over the occupied western territories. This total of 1,305 aircraft shot down compares with German losses of 458 fighters, fighter bombers and reconnaissance planes, 224 bombers, 7 supply planes and 137 destroyed on the ground, totaling 826 aircraft, added to which 86 aircraft were heavily, and 126 lightly damaged.

 

 

Good stuff! You might be also interested what you can find here:

 

 

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