Survive dating an airman
Aerial bombing against civilian cities was not a new phenomenon; the British had already experienced such raids in WW1 conducted by German Zeppelins.
However, the advance in aircraft technology brought bombing to a new level.
Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.
We all know that the dangers facing us today are greater by far than at any time in our long history.
Despite his service in the Great War, Buge was imprisoned as a political prisoner at the notorious Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin, by the Nazis in the Second World War.
The city was caught unprepared, with anti-aircraft weapons not arriving until 8 Jul. Franz Weimers was hired by the city to chronicle the war, and he was given permission to wonder the streets to make observations and take photographs even during air raids.
On 9 Jul, he wrote of what he had witnessed that morning after the British bombers had already left.
Even Prime Minister Winston Churchill said "our supreme effort must be to gain overwhelming mastery in the air.
The fighters are our salvation, but the bombers alone can provide the means to victory." As the war progressed heavy bombers such as the British Avro Lancaster bombers made their entrances in the war and carpet bombing entire industrial cities with their great payloads.