Horror of Hamburg spreads
4th August 1943: As the sequence of bombing raids on Hamburg ends the traumatised survivors seek refuge around Germany
The last bombing raid of Operation Gomorrah, the coordinated bombing of Hamburg, took place on the night of 2nd August. The bomber force hit a thunderstorm as it approached the target area, Pathfinder marking could not take place and the eventual bombing was widely dispersed. Yet a final attack was hardly needed after the series of attacks since 24th July and the firestorm of the night 27th-28th. Hamburg had been devastated in a shocking blow. The message to Germany had been delivered.