British RAF Launched A 1,000 Bomber Raid Against Cologne, Germany, This Day 75-Years Ago; May 30, 1942 — First Ever 1,000 Bomber Attack.
That must have been quite the sight, 1,000 Handley Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster bombers lumbering across the sky. Think of the noise they must have made — and that is before the bombs began to hit.
The actual number was 1,047 bombers — quite a few crewed by student pilots and instructors!
This was 2.5x larger than any previous RAF raid.
1,455 tons of bombs were dropped.