Friday, 5 July 2013

Bomber Command Ruhr Offensive records online

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Forces War Records Make ‘Bomber Command Ruhr Offensive’ Available as Fully Searchable Database

The ‘Bomber Command Ruhr Offensive, March –July 1943’ has just been made available as a fully searchable database by leading military genealogy website Forces War Records.

During World War II in 1943, RAF Bomber Command began a five-month strategic campaign of night bombing against the Ruhr – the industrial heartland of Nazi Germany.

The Bomber Command aircrew members who were responsible for this vital task of attacking Germany’s airbases, troops, shipping, communications and industries had an average age of 22. Some were no older than 18, yet they faced some of the most terrifying fighting conditions of WWII.

With the heaviest casualty rate of any British unit in the conflict almost half of those serving with Bomber Command died - many killed by night fighters and anti-aircraft fire in raids over occupied Europe.

This interesting data set recently transcribed by Forces War Records, contains the details of those who flew, were shot down, evaded capture, or lost their lives during the incredibly dangerous Bomber Command missions.

Did any of your relatives serve in Bomber Command? You can now search the Bomber Command Ruhr Offensive war records by name, rank, aircraft, squadron, date range of mission, serial number and fate of aircraft.

Forces War Records are constantly evolving and adding lots of new records and features to the military genealogy website, which could mean brand new insight for you.

Another useful thing we've recently added to the site is the option to import your existing family tree at the click of a button with your GEDCOM genealogy software files. GEDCOM files contain genealogical information about individuals that can be linked together, imported and exported. Use this new family tree feature and take advantage of the company’s extensive record collection – let Forces War Records help you fill in the missing pieces to your genealogy research.

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