Appendix 45: The Flying-Bomb Offensive
(Compiled from British and German Sources; see also notes below)
|Main Offensive||Phase 2||Phase 3||Whole Campaign|
|Numbers of bombs:||12/6/44–15/7/44||16/7/44–5/9/44||16/9/44–4/1/45||3/3/45–29/3/45||12/6/44–29/3/45|
|– from ramps||4,271 a||4,346||–||275||8,892|
|– from aircraft||90 b||310 c||1,200 d||–||1,600 e|
|2. Observed by defences||2,934||3,791||638||125||7,488|
|– by fighters||924½||847||71½||4||1,846 5/6|
|– by guns||26 1/3||1,198½||331½ g||87 h||1,878 1/3|
|– by balloons||55 1/3||176½||–||–||231 5/6|
|– by all arms||1,241||2,222||403||91||3,957|
|4. Eluding defences||1,693||1,569||235||34||3,531|
|5. Reaching London Civil Defence Region||1,270 i||1,070||66 j||13||2,419 k|
a Includes 53 believed to have been aimed at Portsmouth or Southampton.
b All aimed at Portsmouth or Southampton.
c Author’s estimate; includes 21 aimed at Gloucester.
d Author’s estimate; includes about 50 aimed at Manchester.
e Author’s estimate; the total to 10th November was 1,287.
f6 The figures under this head are those credited to the defences after a detailed comparison of claims with reports from Civil Defence and other sources. They do not necessarily agree with those cited in contemporary accounts.
g Includes 10½ destroyed by Royal Navy.
h Includes one shared between Royal Navy and guns ashore.
i In addition some 25 to 30 reached Portsmouth and Southampton.
j In addition one reached Manchester.
k The number of reported ‘incidents’ in the London Civil Defence Region was 2,420.