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How high and fast did German bombers fly during the Blitz?

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    Hi, I was curious how high and how fast German bombers flew during the night-time bombing raids of the Blitz. In particular, how high and fast would they be flying the moment they released their bombs?

    According to Denis Richards Royal Air Force 1939-1945 Vol. 1 p.201, British searchlights could not illuminate effectively above 12,000ft, and when searchlight-aided fightersscored serveral successes the Germans began operating 'well above that height' - but it doesnt say how high they would fly.

    It is suggested on p.201 that they might fly at 20,000ft and 300 miles an hour - but this is not explicitly stated.

    Any help would be most appreciated.

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    APPENDIX 3. Operational Orders of I Air Corps
    Operational Orders of I Air Corps for the first attack on London, September 7, 1940 From G.O.C. I Air Corps Corps HQ 6.9.40Ia Br.B.Nr. 10285 g.Kdos. N.f.K.

    http://ibiblio.org/hyperwar/ETO/BOB/BoB-German/BoB-German-A.html#a3

    No mention of speed is given.
     
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