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On the night of 19 February 1944, 79 heavy bombers failed to return from the third RAF raid on the industrial city of Leipzig. Some 420 aircrew were killed and 131 taken prisoner of war. The bombers' target was the Messerschmitt factory, but they seemed to fly into a trap of night fighters and flak. Cooper gives an in-depth account of the first two raids, analyses what went wrong on the third and describes the subsequent USAAF daylight raid on the city.