Google Earth

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The internet is full of tools to make the life of a Bomber Command researcher easier. There are forums to connect like-minded folk from across the globe. There is the National Archives of Australia website to view digital copies of original personnel and casualty files (among many many thousands of others). And there is Google Earth, which has for me proven invaluable in giving some sort of an appreciation of the geographical setting of the events I’m investigating from the other side of the world.

I made heavy use of the program while I was researching and writing my 467 Postblog series over the last couple of years. I pulled the approximate routes flown by the bomber streams on various operations from either logbooks or the Night Raid Reports, then stuck those ubiquitous virtual yellow pins into the map. Then I could plot the locations of casualties, nightfighter attacks or…

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4 thoughts on “Google Earth

  1. I very much appreciate this post. I had not thought of Google Earth as a research tool for World War II research. Your post gave me an “Ah, ha!” moment. Thank you.

    1. Stroke of genius my friend…

      See Allan’s comment…

      I very much appreciate this post. I had not thought of Google Earth as a research tool for World War II research. Your post gave me an “Ah, ha!” moment. Thank you.

      wynnebook.wordpress.com

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