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Twenty years on for the Museum of Air Battle Over the Ore Mountains

The air battle over the Ore Mountains took place around midday on 11 September 1944 between German and American air forces over the crest of the Ore Mountains near the village of Oberwiesenthal, above the Bohemian market town of Schmiedeberg (today Kovařska in the Czech Republic).

The 100th Bomber Group, stationed at RAF Thorpe Abbotts in England, approached the area in a formation of thirty six B-17s. The aircraft lew at great height over Germany and initially without being escorted by ighters. Their target was the Schwarzheide Synthesis Factory between Dresden and Cottbus. In addition, several aircraft were to drop their bomb loads over the Sudetenland fuel factory at Maltheuern near Brux - frequently a target for Allied bombing because it manufactured fuel from coal, something that was crucial to the war effort.

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