Aerial reconnaissance was used as the key method to obtain intelligence about the Nazi forces and their activities during World War II. RAF Medmenham, Former English Royal Air Force Station was specialised in photographic reconnaissance, where films were developed, printed and passed onto higher authorities for interpretation.
Allied reconnaissance was used by the RAF Medmenham to analyze the advancements of enemies, especially Nazis during the World War Two. Photographic reconnaissance and intelligence work played a tremendous role in helping the UK Allies to victory in the war. The RAF used reconnaissance during a secret military operation – Operation Crossbow – to find out V-1 and V-2 rocket bases in Northern France. The pictures taken during aerial reconnaissance were analyzed by photographic interpreters (PI’s) to create a 3D rendering of any given area and plan major operations accordingly.
The strategic value of the intelligence derived from air reconnaissance for the UK and its allies cannot be overstated. UK and the U.S. were able to launch massive bombing raids against V-1 rockets in 1943 while the production facility for V-2 rockets near Nordhausen was also identified through air reconnaissance. The outcome of WWII could have been different without the reconnaissance technology.
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