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Operation Frantic
Part of Strategic bombing during World War II
Date June 1944-1945
Location European Theatre of Operations
Result American-Soviet strategic failure
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Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Red Air Force
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Operation Frantic was a series of seven shuttle bombing operations during World War II conducted by American aircraft based in Britain or the Mediterranean which then landed at three American bases (including Poltava and Mirgorod) in the Soviet Union.[1][2] This shuttle bombing technique complicated the defense of German targets.[3]

Operation Frantic was to permanently establish three heavy bomber groups in Soviet territory,[4] but only a small contingent of U.S. troops were based on the Eastern Front.

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  1. ^ Charles T. O'Reilly (2001). Forgotten Battles: Italy's War of Liberation, 1943-1945 Lexington Books, ISBN 0739101951. p. 343
  2. ^ William Howard (1995). From China Marine to Jap POW: My 1,364 Day Journey Through Hell, Turner Publishing Company ISBN 1563112388. p. 230-246
  3. ^ Staff. Shuttle bombing McGraw-Hill's AccessScience Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Online
  4. ^ Russell, Edward T. (1999). "Leaping the Atlantic Wall: Army Air Forces Campaigns in Western Europe, 1942–1945". United States Air Force History and Museums Program. pp. p27,28.  


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