Clipped From The Tampa Tribune
BLASTED BY RITISH BOMBERS HAMBURG AGAIN U. S. Follows Up Air Offensive on Germany LONDON. July 28. (U.R) Strong formations of American Flying Fortresses struck within 95 miles of Berlin " today,, blasting air facilities in central Germany after Britain's giant night bombers loosed a record bomb load of more than 2300 tons on Hamburg in the sixth raid on that seared and flaming city within 72 hours. The big Fortresses of the Eighth JJ. S. air force, making their fourth major mission in five days or the renewed and massive Allied air offen-sive, smashed at aircraft installations at Oschersleben, only 95 miles southwest of the capital, in the nearest approach they had yet made to Berlin. Other Fortress formations attacked air facilities at Kassel, 75 miles southwest of Hanover, which the Eighth air force had raided last Monday. Bitter Opposition The Fortresses battled their way through bitter fighter oppositipn to reach their targets, shooting down at least 69 Axis aircraft. Twenty-three B-17's were missing. While the big workhorse bombers were busy in Germany, medium bombers of the USAAF hammered an industrial plant at Zeebrugge, Belgium, and American-built Boston bombers of the RAF hit at Amsteidam. RAF fighters, filling the air in criss-crossing sweeps over the English channel, supported the heavy American daylight assault with attacks on air fields in Holland, France and Belgium for the third straight day.