Commentary by Helge Nome
The photos below give a birds eye view of the crowds celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee in front of Buckingham Palace. The photos also vividly demonstrate just how vulnerable a civilian population is to extermination from above.
In response to German attacks on the civilian population of London by VI and V2 cruise missiles towards the end of the war, Lancaster bombers were used to exterminate countless thousands of civilians in German cities in 1945.
It goes to show that there is no mercy in war. And the civilian population bears the brunt of the savagery.
|Bomber's view from front of Lancaster bomber: A huge crowd with Buckingham Palace in the background (Click on photo to enlarge)|
|Lancaster cockpit crew|
|Rear view: Hurricane escort|
|Rear gunner view|
|View from below|