Operation Pointblank

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B-17 Flying Fortresses from the 398th Bombardment Group flying a bombing run to Neumunster, Germany, on April 13, 1945.

Operation Pointblank was a WWII joint Anglo-American operation intended to severely degrade and/or eliminate German aircraft fighter strength.

Operation Pointblank's primary objectives were: "securing air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for Operation Overlord."[1]

The Americans used multiple groups of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft during the operation.

Operation Pointblank used a strategy of attrition against defending German air forces and was a success.[2] During the campaign, a crucial tactical change was made which was providing fighter escorts to the bombers.[3] The attainment of the operation's key objectives was critical because the Western Allied forces invasion of France required air superiority.

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  1. Operation Pointblank - Changing air doctrine in WWII
  2. Operation Pointblank - Changing air doctrine in WWII
  3. Operation Pointblank - Changing air doctrine in WWII