Date: Dec 29, 1940
Location: London, England
Target: City of London
Attack type: Air raid
Non-fatal injuries: 250
Operations: A German Luftwaffe Heinkel He 111 bomber flying over Wapping and the Isle of Dogs in the East End of London at at the start of the Luftwaffe’s evening raids of 7 September 1940. Copy negative of part of an aerial photograph taken from a German aircraft at 1848 hrs German time.
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