US and UK (US Air Force,Royal Air Force) and raids on France (1942-1944)

May 2017
1,128
France
#1
Hello everybody and dear specialists.During the raids of the USAF and RAF on France at the time of the Occupation,were the allied pilots informed with precision of the geografical situation of the artillery batteries of the german flakartillerie,that we call in France DCA (Defense Contre Avions) ? Thank you very much.
 

Chlodio

Forum Staff
Aug 2016
4,312
Dispargum
#2
To the extent that locations of anti-aircraft artillery was known, yes the pilots were briefed and tried to avoid AAA whenever possible. Some AAA batteries were highly mobile and their current operating locations were not known at the time the mission was planned. The pilots had to find out the hard way where the guns were located. Generally, the bigger the guns, the more difficult it was to move them. The longer a battery stayed in one place, the more likely the Allies were to know of its location. AAA was usually positioned near the targets it defended. Only rarely would AAA be placed randomly in hopes an Allied plane would fly overhead. Allied planes tended to concentrate near the targets they were attacking, and that's where the guns were located for maximum chance of shooting some of them down.
 
Mar 2019
1,645
Kansas
#3
To the extent that locations of anti-aircraft artillery was known, yes the pilots were briefed and tried to avoid AAA whenever possible
It was also part of the mission debrief, the crews would report where they saw AA where there were fighters etc etc. And the next mission would include the new information .
 
May 2017
1,128
France
#4
Near my town,Choisy le Roi (6 kms at the south of Paris) a superfortress had been shot by the german Flak of Bercy (where Bruce Sprinsteen did his show) and the plane falled in the Seine.The germans recuperated the cadavers of the team, but we cannot say to the families where they were burried…...
 

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