Bombing of Frankfurt am Main in World War II
Bombing of Frankfurt am Main by the Allies of World War II
Allies of World War II
The Allies of World War II were the countries that opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War . Former Axis states contributing to the Allied victory are not considered Allied states...

 killed about 5,500 residents and destroyed the largest medieval city centre in Germany (the Eighth Air Force
Eighth Air Force
The Eighth Air Force is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Global Strike Command . It is headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana....

 dropped 12,197 tons of explosives on the city). Post-war
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 reconstruction generally used modern architecture, and a few landmark buildings were rebuilt in a simple historical style. The 1st building rebuilt was the 1789 Paulskirche (church of [TBD
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valign=top style="background:silver" | Chronology
Date Event
1942-12 Frankfurt was unsuccessfully bombed when bad weather prevented crews from hearing Sqn Ldr
Squadron Leader
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 S. P. Daniels' on the standard-frequency radio equipment in the 1st Master Bomber mission (proposed by Air-Vice Marshal Don Bennett
Don Bennett
Air Vice Marshal Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett CB CBE DSO RAF was an Australian aviation pioneer and bomber pilot who rose to be the youngest Air Vice-Marshal in the Royal Air Force. He led the "Pathfinder Force" from 1942 to the end of the Second World War in 1945...

 on 22 December 1942--preceding the Operation Chastise
Operation Chastise
Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently known as the "Dambusters", using a specially developed "bouncing bomb" invented and developed by Barnes Wallis...

 MB by 6 months.)
1944-01-29 Mission 24 daylight bombing of Frankfurt killed Princess Marie Alexandra of Baden
Princess Marie Alexandra of Baden
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1944-02-04 The 303 BG bombed the Frankfurt city area using PFF.
1944-02-11 The 303 BG attacked Frankfurt
1944-03-02 The 303 BG targeted Frankfurt's V.K.F. (Vereinigte Kugellagerfabriken) ball bearing plant, followed by the Berlin Erkner ball bearing works on 03-03 and 03-08.
1944-03-22 A night raid destroyed the old part of Frankfurt and killed over 1000 inhabitants, and the east port suffered major damage.

De Havilland Mosquito
De Havilland Mosquito
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s raided Frankfurt during the Battle of Berlin (air)
Battle of Berlin (air)
The Battle of Berlin was a British bombing campaign on Berlin from November 1943 – March 1944. The campaign was not limited solely to Berlin. Other German cities were attacked to prevent concentration of defences in Berlin, and Bomber Command had other responsibilities and operations to conduct...

The Municipal Library was hit during an air raid
Air raid
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, destroying its Cairo Genizah document collection and lists of the collection.
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