One Story, Different Voices - the bombing of Karlsruhe: Guest Blog by Linda Parker

Karlsruhe, photographed by an aircraft of the 8th Air Force. 8th Air Force bombing mission target. © IWM FRE 11839
Karlsruhe, photographed by an aircraft of the 8th Air Force. 8th Air Force bombing mission target. © IWM FRE 11839

SSN Members and researchers Linda Parker and Katherine Quinlan-Flatter share different perspectives of the British bombing of the German city of Karlsruhe, in the Second World War. In this post, Linda shares her research using British sources.

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The RAF in the Cold War 1950-1970

Hawker Hunters of No. 111 Squadron’s display team the Black Arrows. Photograph by Mike Chase MM FRPS, 1957. © IWM RAF-T 240.

For over forty years the Royal Air Force was in the frontline of Britain’s Cold War defences. Recording the first half of this dynamic period were a small number of specialist aviation photographers from the Air Ministry’s (later Ministry of Defence’s) Photographic Reproduction Branch (PRB) who produced a unique collection of 10,000 colour images. PRB’s chief photographer for much of this period was Mike Chase MM, one of the country’s most experienced aviation photographers.

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