TIL of an air raid mission during WWII that attacked a German prison. It was designed to blow out the prison walls, kill guards, and use shock waves to spring open cell doors so the prisoners could escape.

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  1. Operation Jericho (Ramrod 564) on 18 February 1944 during the Second World War, was an Allied bombing raid, at very low altitude, on Amiens Prison in German-occupied France to blow holes in the prison walls, kill German guards and use shock waves to spring open cell doors.

    Included in event: World War II

    End date: 18 February 1944

  2. I don’t think they were planning to spring open the doors, but they did time it and hit the guards mess hall during lunch(?) iirc.
    They used mosquito fighter/bombers.
    I’m also fairly sure it was a gestapo prison holding French resistance

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