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Marauder II Bombs Banja Luka, Yugoslavia

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Martin Marauder II (B-26C) of 25 Squadron, 254 Wing, South African Air Force, after releasing bombs on Banja Luka, Yugoslavia. The Yugoslav resistance, led by Communist Josef Broz Tito (May 7, 1892 – May 4, 1980) had attempted to take this center of Axis domination in January 1944 and failed; the Germans responded with the Seventh Anti-Partisan Offensive, aimed at capturing or killing Tito. The Balkan Air Force was a mixed-nationality unit, with Royal Air Force, Italian co-belligerents flying Martin Baltimores, South African Air Force, Yugoslavian Air Force, and United States Army Air Force units flying from bases in Italy in support of the partisans. Banja Luka was an important Axis stronghold, and this attack was part of a general campaign to disrupt and distract the Germans and their allies from their offensive. 25 Squadron flew Marauders from November 20, 1943 until the last wartime mission on May 4, 1945. 254 Wing was based at Campomarino Airdrome in Biferno, Campobosso Province, Italy.
Image Filename wwii0040.jpg
Image Size 372.62 KB
Image Dimensions 1024 x 768
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed June 11, 1944
Location Over Banja Luka
City Banja Luka
State or Province Bosnia and Herzegovina
Country Yugoslavia
Archive Royal Air Force
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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