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Bombers didn’t need Baedeker
WHILE it makes a nice story I am afraid the Luftwaffe did not need the assistance of the Baedeker Guide when they bombed York, or any other place in this country for that matter (The Press, August 29).
They had excellent one-inch-to-the mile maps provided by us. Soon after the First World War ended, it was decided to do a complete and very accurate survey of this country.
One part of, I believe Surrey, was measured very accurately and set up as a baseline. From this point what were known as trig points were set up all over the UK (some still exist) and very slowly without the aid of computers and probably only a very basic adding machine, the whole country was surveyed.
This was not finished until about the mid-1930s, when it was announced that this job was complete and a set of accurate maps could be obtained from any Ordnance Survey office.
Rumour has it that the first customer for a complete set was the air attaché from the German embassy!
Certainly a couple of these maps (annotated in German) were on display at the Yorkshire Air Museum with the principal targets (station and railway works) outlined in red.
The irony is that the head office of the Ordnance Survey was in Southampton, which was heavily bombed by the Germans.
MC Usherwood, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.
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