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May 1942 One Thousand Plane Raid on Cologne

Surrender Ceremonies

On May 30th, the British launched a 1,000-plane night raid on Cologne. It was in fact a raid of just under 900 planes. The goal of the raid was destroy the abilty of Colgne to participate in the war effort. The raid started over 2,000 fires and killed 486 people. The long term effect of the raid however, was minimal, and despite continued raids that went on for the rest of the war, the Germans continued to produce ever more war materieals.