Does picture discovered in family album in Welwyn Garden City show last RAF bomb dropped on Nazi Germany?
PUBLISHED: 10:32 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:32 22 May 2015
A photograph of what may have been the last RAF bomb dropped on Germany in the Second World War has emerged, 70 years on.
The snap, of an air crew leaning on a huge bomb due to be dropped on the Baltic port of Kiel, was unearthed by Welwyn Garden City man Brian Emsley in a family album.
Bearing in mind the date, May 2 1945, which is chalked onto the explosive device, it could be the last British bomb to be dropped on Nazi Germany, six days before VE Day.
Bomber Command launched a raid on Kiel in the final stages of the war, when Adolf Hitler was already dead, but diehard German forces were still fighting the Allies.
German troops were said to have been massing in Kiel and intending to make a break for Norway, where they would then make a last stand against the advancing Allied forces.
Mr Emsley’s father, Edward, is seen in the left of the picture.
The airman worked in the De Havilland aircraft factory in Hatfield, which built Mosquitos.
Brian Emsley, 64, said: “My great regret is that I never had that conversation about it with my dad.
“He was always very proud of the Mosquitos.”
He added: “Of course, there would have been other bombs dropped in that final raid but this comes as close as any to being the last one ‘officially’ by the chalked words on the casing.”
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