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Bombing of Wielun in World War II
Bombing of Wieluń in World War II refers to the German bomb raid on a Polish city of Wieluń at the outbreak of World War II.
On September 1, 1939 at 4.40 in the morning, the town of Wieluń was bombed by German Luftwaffe. There were no military targets in the area. German bombers destroyed most of the town centre (including the historical gothical church) and killed approximately 1 200 civilians. Approximately 75% of all the buildings in Wieluń were destroyed. Among the first targets bombed by the Germans was the hospital (despite huge Red Cross sign painted on the roof). This air raid was one of the events marking the start of World War II. See: http://www.historia.wielunia.webpark.pl/1wrzesnia2.html
On their return home, 4 of the German Junkers Ju 87 bombers were shot down by Polish 36 Academic Legion Infantry Regiment stationed nearby.
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