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The air raid, part of Operation Hurricane to demonstrate the Allied bombing campaign's capabilities, caused a large fire or conflagration, that may have developed into a firestorm, which resulted in Braunschweig burning continuously for two and a half days from 15 October to the 17th.Moreover, the attack destroyed Braunschweig's mediaeval city centre (more than 90% of it), thereby changing the city's appearance right down to the present day.Our free personal ads are full of single women and men in Braunschweig looking for serious relationships, a little online flirtation, or new friends to go out with.Start meeting singles in Braunschweig today with our free online personals and free Braunschweig chat!The next day, Air Marshal Arthur "Bomber" Harris issued the orders to carry out the attack on Braunschweig and other cities.Brunswick was codenamed Skate by RAF Bomber Command, all German cities being given names of fish, the person responsible for the naming being a keen angler.In an experimental raid on to see if bombing by radar alone (without target marking) was effective, nearly 400 heavy bombers were sent on 12/13 August 1944.
On 13 October, the chief meteorologist at RAF High Wycombe advised RAF Bomber Command headquarters of the weather forecast for the weekend of 14–15 October: Slight cloudiness, good visibility throughout the night, moderate winds.
Actual city names were never used in operational orders for security reasons.
RAF Bomber Command had sought four times in vain during 1944 to inflict lasting destruction upon Braunschweig, failing each time as a result of, among other things, bad weather and strong defences. 5 Group's headquarters at Morton Hall, the preparations for the attack were finalized.
A largely unprepared town, the resulting fires caused about 11,500 deaths.
The Allies now turned their attention to Braunschweig.