Bomber command gained a new commander in february 1942 air marshall arthur bomber harrishe believed that bomber command had yet to prove its true worth in the war and he was concerned that it was not being strategically fully utilised harris wanted this to change harris wanted bomber command to participate in a raid that used near enough all of its front line and reserve strength . The raids were useful propaganda for the allies and particularly for raf bomber command head arthur harriss concept of a strategic bombing offensive bomber commands poor performance in bombing accuracy during 1941 had led to calls for the force to be split up and diverted to other urgent theatres eg the battle of the atlantic. Bomber command the thousand bomber raids martyn chorlton on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers 1942 was a crucial year for the fortunes of bomber command the newly appointed air officer commanding in chief. Going by photographic evidence it was believed by bomber command that krupp received 30 per cent more damage on this night than on 5 6 march 25 26 july 1943 last raid on essen during the battle of the ruhr 705 aircraft of which 37 were lost the raid had been planned to take advantage of the recent introduction of window the krupps
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