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The raid on the Parnall Aircraft factory was carried out by a lone German Heinkel 111 P-2 which flew a so-called ‘pirate’ attack in broad daylight specifically to bomb the factory. The bombs were released from a height of 30 metres. The plane was hit by British anti-aircraft fire, but limped on one engine back to its base at Bourges in France, landing 5 hours and 50 minutes after initial take-off. This selection of resources covers various aspects of the raid.

The turret assembly shop


Photo taken in 1940, before the raid.

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Aerial view of Parnall's


Notice its location next to the railway line from Bristol.

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German air crew


The Luftwaffe crew of the Heinkel 111 that bombed Parnall’s.

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Reconnaissance photo


German aerial reconnaissance photo with map of Parnall’s superimposed.

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Bomb damaged factory


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War memorial


Memorial to those who lost their lives in the raid on Parnall’s in the churchyard at Yate.

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PDF of written sources on the air raid

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Aircraft factory works pass