Catalogue description United States Strategic Bombing Survey: Reports

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Reference: AIR 48
Title: United States Strategic Bombing Survey: Reports

The series consists of various reports on the effects of bombing against particular industrial works, including a few in Belgium, France and Austria, general reports on subjects such as morale, medicine and physical damage, and reports on the effect of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Date: 1936-1947
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 224 files and volumes
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Unpublished finding aids:

A copy of 'A guide to reports of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey', is held in the Library, The National Archives, Kew.

Administrative / biographical background:

The United States Strategic Bombing Survey was set up by the United States Secretary of War on 3 November 1944, following a Presidential directive of 9 September to examine the effects of the bombing offensive against Germany. Its chairman was Franklin D'Olier, and its headquarters were in Grosvenor Square, London, where about 300 civilians, 350 officers and 500 enlisted men were employed.

In April 1945 the Survey team entered Germany, with forward headquarters at Frankfurt; it was not allowed to enter the Russian zone. In late 1945 most of the team transferred to Washington to prepare its reports. Subsequently it made a similar study of the war against Japan.

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