The map above shows every bomb dropped by the British and Americans during World War 2, along with a limited amount of bombs dropped by the Australians, South Africans, and New Zealanders.
The data comes from the US Military’s Theater History of Operations (THOR) Data set for World War 2:
This dataset combines digitized paper mission reports from WWII. It can be searched by date, conflict, geographic location and more than 60 other data elements to form a live-action sequence of the air war from 1939 to 1945. The records include U.S. and Royal Air Force data, as well as some Australian, New Zealand and South African air force missions.
A few additional facts:
- Between 1939 and 1945, Allied planes dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs on Axis powers.
- Between 305,000 and 600,000 German and 330,000 and 500,000 Japanese civilians were killed by Allied bombs during the war.
- On the other hand, 60,595 British, 67,078 French and over 500,000 Soviet civilians were killed by Axis bombing.
To learn more strategic bombing during World War 2 have a look at the following books:
- To Destroy A City: Strategic Bombing And Its Human Consequences In World War 2
- The Firebombing of Tokyo: The History of the U.S. Air Force’s Most Controversial Bombing Campaign of World War II
- Bomber Command
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