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The Kasselmarker World War II bombings were a set of Allied strategic bombing attacks. The fire of the most severe air raid burned for seven days, at least 10,000 people died, 150,000 inhabitants were bombed-out, and the city center was 95% destroyed. The US First Army captured Kassel in March 1945, and only 50,000 people were in residence (versus 236,000 in 1939).

Kassel World War II bombings
Date Target/Topic
10 Wellingtons and 3 Stirlings to Emden, Hamburg, Kassel and Aachen.
Henschel 306 aircraft destroyed/seriously damaged 144/317 buildings, particularly in the city southwest. Three Henschel buildings were seriously damaged, and 43/251 were killed/injured.


1940:
May-June (Battle of France) July-December June-October (Battle of Britain)
1941:
January-April May-August September- December
1942:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
1943:
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1944:
January, February March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
1945
January 1945, February 1945 March 1945, April 1945
2/3 October 1943 The Pathfinder Force was not able to find the center of the city, and most bombs into Ihringshausen and Bettenhausen. In addition to considerable damage, an ammunition store was hit.
3–4 October 1943 547 aircraft used H2S radar; the main weight of bombs fell on the western suburbs and outlying towns and villages.
22/23 October 1943 city square 569 bombers dropped more than 1,800 tons of bombs (including 460,000 magnesium fire sticks) that started fires which illuminated the entire town. For deception, the attack used Operation Corona radio spoofing and a Frankfurtmarker diversionary raid. Damage to the main telephone exchange and the city's water pipes hindered firefighting efforts.
18–19 March 1944 11 Mosquitos on a diversionary raid.
30–31 March 1944 34 Mosquitos on diversionary raids to Aachen, Cologne and Kassel.
27–28 September 1944 46 Mosquitos on a diversionary raid.
1944-09-28 Henschel motor transport plant Mission 652: 243 of 262 dispatched B-24s bombed the Kassel/Henschel motor transport plant.


1942:
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1943:
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1944:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
1945:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September
3–4 October 1944 43 Mosquitos.
15/16 October 1944 2 Mosquitos on a diversionary raid.
9/10 November 1944 3 Mosquitos.
27/28 December 1944 7 Mosquitos on Oboe trials (some flew over Kassel).
6/7 January 1945 20 Mosquitos.
18/19 January 1945 12 Mosquitos.
21/22 January 1945 76 Mosquitos
2/3 March 1945 67 Mosquitos on a training raid.
8/9 March 1945 176 aircraft in the last heavy raid by the RAF on Kassel.
18/19 March 1945 24 Mosquitos.
20/21 March 1945 16 Mosquitos on a diversionary raid.


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