TARGET - BERLIN


The table that follow refers to every strategic air raid on Berlin city and nearby locations from September 1, 1939 to May 2, 1945.

NOTE: some Bomber Command records are not clear on the numbers dispatched on some nights, so some figures could be approximate.
Losses included those due to German Flak, fighter action and operational accidents. Figures related to fighter escort on each mission are excluded.

(n)     numbers marked in bold indicate a raid by US Army Air Forces
(-)         means that the number of aircraft attacking Berlin is unknown.
(M)  means the air attack was made solely by RAF Mosquito bombers.


1939

- October 1939 -

Date

• 1/2*

* Leaflet drop

Aircraft dispatched

4

Reached Target

3

Aircraft lost

1


1940

- June 1940 -

Date

6/7*

* French Aéronautique Navale

Aircraft dispatched

1

Reached Target

1

Aircraft lost

0

- August 1940 -

Date

25/26
28/29
30/31
31/1

Aircraft dispatched

82
49
37
44

Reached Target

26
36
23
6

Aircraft lost

6
1
3
1

- September 1940 -

Date

• 3/4 
• 4/5
• 6/7
• 9/10
• 10/11
• 11/12
• 15/16
• 22/23
• 23/24
• 24/25
• 25/26
• 28/29
• 30/1

* crashed on take off

Aircraft dispatched

-
38
29
-
17
9
5
5
129
19
17
14
42

Reached Target

40
37
-
5
4
8
2
4
112
11
15
7
17

Aircraft lost

1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
3
1*
0
0
3

- October 1940 -

Date

• 7/8 
• 12/13
• 14/15
• 19/20 
• 20/21 
• 23/24 
• 26/27 
• 29/30 

Aircraft dispatched

42
20
-78
3
30
11
20
30

Reached Target

-
10
-
0
-
11
17
4

Aircraft lost

1
0
2
0
3
1
0
2

- November 1940 -

Date

• 1/2
• 6/7
• 14/15
• 19/20
• 23/24

Aircraft dispatched

-
18
50
-
-

Reached Target

-
1
25
-
-

Aircraft lost

2
1
13
1
1

- December 1940 -

Date

• 15/16
• 20/21

Aircraft dispatched

-
-

Reached Target

-
-

Aircraft lost

4
1


1941

- March 1941 -

Date

• 12/13
• 23/24

Aircraft dispatched

72
63

Reached Target

-
-

Aircraft lost

3
0

- April 1941 -

Date

• 9/10
• 17/18
• 30/1

Aircraft dispatched

80
118
10

Reached Target

40
-
3

Aircraft lost

5
8
0

- May 1941 -

Date

• 8/9
• 9/10
• 10/11
• 15/16

Aircraft dispatched 

5
5
23
14

Reached Target

-
-
12
-

Aircraft lost

1
0
3
1

- June 1941 -

Date

• 2/3

Aircraft dispatched 

11

Reached Target

-

Aircraft lost

1

- July 1941 -

Date

• 25/26

Aircraft dispatched 

9

Reached Target

-

Aircraft lost

3

- August 1941 -

Date

• 7/8*
• 10/11*
• 12/13

* Soviet aircraft

Aircraft dispatched 

15
17
70

Reached Target

10
7
32

Aircraft lost

0
8
9

- September 1941 -

Date

• 2/3
• 7/8
• 20/21

Aircraft dispatched 

49
197
74

Reached Target

-
137
0

Aircraft lost

5
15
4

- November 1941 -

Date

• 7/8

Aircraft dispatched 

169

Reached Target

73

Aircraft lost

21


1942

- August 1942 -

Date

• 27/28*
• 29/30*

* Soviet aircraft

Aircraft dispatched 

-
112

Reached Target

-
-

Aircraft lost

-
-

- September 1942 -

Date

• 10/11*
• 19

* Soviet aircraft

Aircraft dispatched 

-
6 (M)

Reached Target

-
1

Aircraft lost

-
1


1943

- January 1943 -

Date

• 16/17
• 17/18
• 30
• 30

Aircraft dispatched 

201
187
3 (M)
3 (M)

Reached Target

169
-
3
3

Aircraft lost

1
22
0
1

- March 1943 -

Date

• 1/2
• 27/28
• 29/30

Aircraft dispatched 

302
396
329

Reached Target

251
-
234

Aircraft lost

17
9
21

- April 1943 -

Date

• 20/21*

* diversionary raid

Aircraft dispatched 

11 (M)

Reached Target

-

Aircraft lost

1

- August 1943 -

Date

• 22/23
• 31/1

Aircraft dispatched 

719
622

Reached Target

626
377

Aircraft lost

62
47

- September 1943 -

Date

• 3/4

Aircraft dispatched 

320

Reached Target

290

Aircraft lost

22

- November 1943 -

Date

• 18/19
• 22/23
• 23/24
• 24/25
• 25/26
• 26/27

* 14 lost because of bad weather

Aircraft dispatched 

444
764
383
6 (M)
3 (M)
450

Reached Target

411
696
337
6
3
410

Aircraft lost

9
32
26
1
0
28 + 14*

- December 1943 -

Date

• 2/3
• 3/4*
• 16/17
• 23/24
• 29/30

* diversionary raid
** 34 lost because of bad weather

Aircraft dispatched 

458
9 (M)
498
390
712

Reached Target

415
9
454
358
660

Aircraft lost

40
0
25 + 34**
15
20


1944

- January 1944 -

Date

• 1/2
• 2/3
• 5/6
• 10/11
• 14/15*
• 20/21
• 21/22*
• 27/28
• 28/29
• 30/31

* diversionary raid
** 6 lost because of bad weather

Aircraft dispatched 

421
383
13 (M)
10 (M)
6 (M)
769
34
530
677
534

Reached Target

376
323
13
10
6
694
-
489
608
477

Aircraft lost

28
26
0
0
0
35
1
33
46 + 6**
33

- February  1944 -

Date

• 1/2
• 5/6
• 10/11
• 15/16
• 19/20*

* diversionary raid

Aircraft dispatched 

12 (M)
18 (M)
21 (M)
891
15 (M)

Reached Target

-
-
-
796
-

Aircraft lost

1
0
0
43
1

- March 1944 -

Date

3*
4*
• 3/4
• 4/5
6    
8
9
• 19/20
22**
• 22/23
• 24/25
• 25/26

* recalled due to bad weather
** target: ORANIENBURG

Aircraft dispatched 

748
502

16 (M)
15 (M)
730
623
361

9 (M)
688
- (M)
811
10 (M)

Reached Target

0
30

16
-
672
539
339

9
656
-
758
10

Aircraft lost

11
15

0
0
69
37
6

0
12
0
72
0

- April 1944 -

Date

• 13/14
18*
• 18/19
• 20/21
29

* target: ORANIENBURG

Aircraft dispatched 

29 (M)
776
24 (M)
8 (M)
679

Reached Target

-
773
-
-
590

Aircraft lost

0
19
0
0
63

- May 1944 -

Date

4*
7
8
• 9/10
19
• 23/24
24
• 24/25
• 27/28

* recalled due to bad weather

Aircraft dispatched 

591
600

500
30 (M)
588
16 (M)
616
15 (M)
23 (M)

Reached Target

0
553
403

-
495
-
464
-
-

Aircraft lost

0
8
25

0
63
0
33
0
0

- June 1944 -

Date

• 9/10
• 10/11
• 11/12
• 17/18
21
• 21/22
• 24/25

Aircraft dispatched 

36 (M)
32 (M)
33 (M)
30 (M)
1,071
32 (M)
27 (M)

Reached Target

-
-
-
-
868
-
-

Aircraft lost

0
2
2
0
44
0
1

- July 1944 -

Date

• 7/8
• 10/11
• 15/16
• 17/18
• 18/19
• 21/22
• 24/25
• 25/26

Aircraft dispatched 

32 (M)
35 (M)
36 (M)
31 (M)
22 (M)
33 (M)
27 (M)
21 (M)

Reached Target

-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

Aircraft lost

2
1
0
0
1
0
0
0

- August 1944 -

Date

6*
• 10/11
• 11/12
• 14/15
• 15/16
• 16/17
• 18/19
• 25/26
27**

* target: BRANDENBURG, STENDAL
** recalled due to bad weather

Aircraft dispatched 

568
32 (M)
33 (M)
32 (M)
32 (M)
23 (M)
21 (M)
36 (M)
426

Reached Target

409
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
0

Aircraft lost

2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
3

- September 1944 -

Date

• 10/11
• 11/12
• 12/13
• 13/14
• 15/16
• 18/19

Aircraft dispatched 

47 (M)
47 (M)
29 (M)
36 (M)
27 (M)
33 (M)

Reached Target

-
-
-
-
-
-

Aircraft lost

0
1
0
2
1
0

- October 1944 -

Date

• 5/6
6*
• 6/7
• 11/12
• 14/15
• 23/24
• 27/28
• 30/31

* target: SPANDAU, TEGEL

Aircraft dispatched 

20 (M)
418
22 (M)
46 (M)
16 (M)
38 (M)
60 (M)
62 (M)

Reached Target

-
382
-
-
-
-
-
-

Aircraft lost

0
17
1
1
1
0
0
1

- November 1944 -

Date

• 1/2
• 3/4
• 15/16
• 24/25
• 27/28

Aircraft dispatched 

49 (M)
55 (M)
36 (M)
58 (M)
67 (M)

Reached Target

-
-
-
-
-

Aircraft lost

0
0
1
0
0

- December 1944 -

Date

5
• 6/7
• 9/10
• 31/1

Aircraft dispatched 

451
42 (M)
60 (M)
77 (M)

Reached Target

404
-
-
-

Aircraft lost

12
1
0
0


1945

- January 1945 -

Date

• 2/3
• 4/5
• 5/6
• 14/15
• 27/28
• 29/30

* crashed because of bad weather

Aircraft dispatched 

53 (M)
66 (M)
69 (M)
83 (M)
12 (M)
59 (M)

Reached Target

-
-
-
-
-
-

Aircraft lost

1
0
4
8*
0
0

- February 1945 -

Date

• 1/2
3
• 5/6
• 8/9
• 14/15
• 18/19
• 21/22
• 22/23
• 23/24
• 24/25
• 25/26
26
• 26/27
• 27/28
• 28/1

* crashed on return

Aircraft dispatched 

122 (M)
1,003
63 (M)
47 (M)
46 (M)
6 (M)
77 (M)
73 (M)
70 (M)
63 (M)
10 (M)
1,207
38 (M)
96 (M)
74 (M)

Reached Target

-
937
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1,066
-
-
-

Aircraft lost

3*
23
1
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
3
0
0
1

- March 1945 -

Date

• 1/2
• 2/3
• 3/4
• 5/6
• 6/7
• 7/8
• 8/9
• 9/10
• 10/11
• 11/12
• 12/13
• 13/14
• 14/15
15**
15***
• 15/16
• 16/17
• 17/18
18
• 18/19
• 19/20
• 20/21
• 21/22
• 22/23
• 23/24
24
• 24/25
• 25/26
• 26/27
• 27/28
28†
• 29/30
• 30/31

* writen off: Flak damage
**   target: ORANIENBURG
*** target: ZOSSEN
target: SPANDAU

Aircraft dispatched 

55 (M)
3 (M)
64 (M)
75 (M)
42 (M)
80 (M)
39 (M)
92 (M)
60 (M)
90 (M)
81 (M)
50 (M)
75 (M)
675
672

54 (M)
56 (M)
38 (M)
1,329
30 (M)
34 (M)
38 (M)
142 (M)
56 (M)
65 (M)
169
67 (M)
8 (M)
88 (M)
82 (M)
446
48 (M)
43 (M)

Reached Target

-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
612
584
-
-
-
1,263
-
-
-
-
-
-
148
-
-
-
-
383
-
-

Aircraft lost

0
1*
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
8
1
0
0
0
13

0
0
0
1
0
2
9
0
0
0
3
2
0
1


- April 1945 -

Date

• 2/3
• 3/4
• 4/5
• 8/9
• 9/10
10*
• 10/11
• 11/12
• 12/13
• 14/15**
• 14/15***
• 15/16
• 15/16*
• 16/17
• 17/18
• 18/19
• 19/20
20*
20
• 20/21
• 25/26¥

*     target: ORANIENBURG
**   target: POTSDAM
*** diversionary raid
target: BRANDENBURG, SEDDIN
¥ Soviet aircraft

Aircraft dispatched 

54 (M)
95 (M)
35 (M)
28 (M)
44 (M)
442
77 (M)
107 (M)
97 (M)
512
62 (M)
106 (M)
8 (M)
64 (M)
61 (M)
57 (M)
79 (M)
-
289
76 (M)
111

Reached Target

-
-
-
-
-
417
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
82
285
-
-

Aircraft lost

1
0
0
0
0
9
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
-


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