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An operation against a ball bearing factory in a two wave attack on two targets deep inside Germany, proved disastrous for the Americans. The first wave targeted an aircraft factory at Regensburg and after hitting its target would fly on to north Africa, unhindered from enemy fighters.

The second wave would hit the ball bearing factory at Schwienfurt, and then would return to England. Engaging the enemy on the return to England. It would be about timing, as the German fighters returned to the ground after engaging the first wave, the second wave would arrive at its target and so catching the Germans off guard and on the ground refuelling.

Due to bad weather the second wave delayed in taking off, and this delay cost them dearly. After engaging the American first wave, the German fighters were able to land, refuel and return to the skies to meet the second wave.

The Americans lost 21 aircraft before it even reached its target, and before any bombs could be dropped. The US 8th Air Force second wave had to face the enemy fighters on the way in to its target, and then again on the way back to England. Although the operation did disrupt ball bearing production for six weeks, the Americans lost over 60 aircraft.

On the 14th October, 1943, the US returned to hit the same target and this time destroyed over 60% of the production facilities, more concentrated raids would have totally destroyed all ball bearing production which would have caused major problems for the Nazi war machine. But in the process of the second raid on Schwienfurt, American loses were great. Over 120 bombers were lost or damaged beyond repair, more raids on this target were ruled out of the question.

The RAF would revert to night area offensive on German cities, but they would have to do it alone. The US 8Th Air Force had been badly depleted.

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