At Dresden, between 13 and 15 February 1945, 722 heavy bombers of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and 527 of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city, reducing it to rubble.
“The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.“ - Sir Arthur Harris,
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) RAF Bomber Command.
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire. - Psalm 18
A Lancaster bomber flies over the RAF Bomber Command memorial dropping thousands of poppies to mark the opening of the memorial in Green Park. The iconic bomber, operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, was the command’s most popular aircraft in World War Two