Luftwaffe map of the docks
In a previous post Mapping the Blitz,I reported on the launch of the Bombsight website that tracked where individual bombs were dropped in the Blitz over London.
But how did the Germans managed to target the docks so accurately before the advent of sophisticated targeting equipment?
Eric Pemberton’s collection of German aerial photos, maps and navigational instructions which were given to the pilots and crew before their bombing missions provides some of the answers.
Every German pilot and crew was given a copy of these photos and maps for the area to be bombed.
These included navigational advice and landmarks to look out for.
One of the tragedies for people in the Docks was although the very detailed photographs would have helped to pinpoint certain areas, the fact was that the very distinct meandering of the Thames made areas such as the Isle of Dogs a distinctive and easy target from the air.
Photographs of Surrey Docks and St Katherine’s Dock.
Isle of Dogs, Surrey Docks and Greenwich
West India Docks and Millwall Docks
Areas clearly marked for attack
Map and instructions of Docks and surrounding areas.
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