The four-engine heavy bombers such as the Avro Lancaster and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress used in allied raids were capable of carrying much larger bombs than those dropped on Britain during "The Blitz" by the German Luftwaffe's two-engine aircraft.
A bomb load weighing as much as 2,000 tonnes could be dropped in a single raid.
University of Reading historian Professor Patrick Major said ripples from bombing raids posed a danger to aircraft.
"Aircrew involved in the raids reported having their aircraft damaged by the bomb shock waves, despite being above the recommended height."
Allied bombing raids on Nazi Germany began in 1942 and reduced major cities such as Dresden and Hamburg to rubble and ash.
Professor Major said people on the ground reported the shock waves from explosions would blow window casements and doors off their hinges.
"Residents under the bombs would routinely recall being thrown through the air by the pressure waves of air mines exploding"
Professor Scott said the images of neighbourhoods across Europe reduced to rubble due to wartime air raids are a lasting reminder of the destruction that can be caused by man-made explosions.
"The impact of these bombs way up in the Earth's atmosphere has never been realised until now."