Public Image of Bomber Command and the RAF

augsburg raid survivors with Brendan Bracken MOI
Some of the survivors of the Augsburg raid, with Brendan Bracken, Ministry of Information

The public view of the RAF and in particular of Bomber Command’s campaigns changed markedly over the years. During the war, a great deal of publicity of (understandably) a wholly positive nature was generated by the Ministry of Information and others for such operations as the 1942 Augsburg raid, see above.

Post-war, there began a gradual fading of faith in the work which Bomber Command had carried out at such great cost.

Here is a House of Commons debate of particular interest in the immediate post-war period.

12 March 1946 Debate on the RAF, Part I

12 March 1946 Debate on the RAF, Part II