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source two
Another extract from the official account of Bomber Command by Arthur Harris, 1945
(Catalogue ref: AIR 16/487)
AIR 16/487; Harris’s account of Bomber Command, 1945


  1. Harris took over Bomber Command in February 1942. Before this, RAF bombers had not been successful, they were inaccurate and suffered high casualties. According to Harris, what were his orders when he took control?

  2. Who gave the orders?