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Diary December 16, 1940

nerve centre of RAF Bomber Command
The subterranean nerve centre of RAF Bomber Command headquarters at High Wycombe where operations were planned. C-in-C, Sir Richard Peirse, sits on the desk in the centre.
Diary for Monday, December 16, 1940:

Air War

First area bombing raid on German city: 134 RAF aircraft sent to Mannheim (night December 16-17). Large fires started on both banks of Rhine. Other targets include Speyer-am-Rhein and Heilbronn, but Basle (Switzerland) also accidentally bombed: 4 killed.

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