PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR ....


FALLING FROM THE SKY

Allied aircrew member pushing leaflets out of an airplane

Early dropping of leaflets by hand from an airplane

Mostly bomber planes on their way to Germany took besides normal explosive bombs also leaflets with them. In the beginning of the second world war the leaflets were pushed through holes in the planes bottom by hand in smaller quantities. The packets of leaflets were held together by rubber bands that got teared up as the packets left the plane. Sometimes the rubber bands got of to early what caused the leaflets to be sucked into the air inlets of the engines. Some planes had to land in occupied territory!

In the early days the spreading had to be done by the normal operational squadrons of Bomber Command. Later, as it was clear that the Germans wouldn't invade England, the crews of the OTU's had to take over. OTU stands for Operational Training Units (from there the crews got their training for Bomber Command).

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