DAMBUSTERS – THE MORNING AFTER

Of the many thousands of heroic night raids accomplished during RAF Bomber Command’s long six year campaign, one, above all, captured the imagination of an admiring public. Just after midnight on the night of 16/17 May 1943, Lancaster crews of 617 Squadron undertook what was to become the most remarkable raid of WWII when the …

THE DAMBUSTERS – AND THE EPIC WARTIME RAIDS OF 617 SQUADRON

On the night of 16 / 17 May 1943 one of the most daring low-level night time raids in the history of air warfare took place, when nineteen Lancaster crews from the newly-formed 617 Squadron successfully attacked the great dams of Germany. Their audacious mission – codenamed Operation Chastise – gained them immediate fame and legendary status. …

DAMBUSTERS

Immediately following their devastating attack on the Möhne Dam, the specially modified Lancasters of 617 Squadron successfully breach the second of Germany’s mighty western dams – the Eder, on the night of the 16/17th May, 1943. After hitting the target with pinpoint precision, pilot Les Knight and Flight Engineer Ray Grayston battle with the controls …

THE DAMBUSTERS – THREE GOOD BOUNCES

In the history of air warfare few missions come close in terms of courage and the highest skills of precision flying to the one carried out by 617 Squadron on the night of 16/17 May 1943. Codenamed Operation Chastise, their mission was to destroy the great dams that were vital to the industries of the Ruhr …

THE DAMBUSTERS – INBOUND TO TARGET

The crews of 617 Squadron that took part in the epic Dambusters raid on the night of 16/17 May 1943 were among the finest in the RAF. They were the elite of Bomber Command, and when they left RAF Scampton that night, the skills of their pilots – some of the finest of the Second …

DAMBUSTERS – LAST MOMENTS OF THE MOHNE

On the night of 16/17 May 1943 an elite force of nineteen Lancaster bombers undertook what was to become one of the most daring and ingenious air raids in history. Flying from RAF Scampton, their mission – code named Operation Chastise – was to breach the mighty hydroelectric dams of the Ruhr, the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe …

DAMBUSTERS – BREACHING THE EDER DAM

Lancaster AJ-N scores a direct hit on the Eder Dam with its bouncing bomb during the famous Dambusters raid on the night of 16/17 May 1943. Pilot Officer Les Knight and Flight Engineer Ray Grayston fight the controls to clear the dam, combining their physical strength to haul the lumbering Lancaster up and over the …

SUMMER HARVEST

There were few sights back in the early 1940’s that stirred the emotions more than that of a Lancaster on final approach, its weary crew returning from combat over enemy territory. In the midst of the harvest in the late summer of 1944, a Lancaster of the famous 617 “Dambusters” Squadron makes its final approach. …

OPERATION CHASTISE by Robert Taylor

On the night of 16/17 May 1943, nineteen Lancasters and 133 men from the recently formed 617 Squadron carried out one of the most spectacular precision raids in the history of air warfare. This highly secret undertaking went under the code name of Operation Chastise, but the world would come to know it simply as the Dambuster Raid.

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