A massive plume of water erupts as the bouncing bomb from ‘Dinghy’ Young’s Lancaster scores a direct hit on the Möhne Dam, at 00.40 hrs on the night of 16/17 May, 1943. Having already made their attacks, Micky Martin and Guy Gibson bravely circle the flak positions with navigation lights on, drawing enemy fire.
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.
The print is personally signed by five Aircrew who flew on this legendary mission:
Flt Lt GEORGE CHALMERS DFC DFM – Wireless Operator on Lancaster AJ-O he attacked the Ennepe Dam.
Sgt RAY GRAYSTON – Flight Engineer on Les Knight’s Lancaster AJ-N that breached the Eder Dam.
Sqn Ldr GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON DFM – Bomb-aimer on Lancaster AJ-T that hit the Sorpe Dam.
Flt Lt EDWARD JOHNSON DFC – Bomb Aimer on Lancaster AJ-N which breached the Eder.
Sgt DUDLEY HEAL DFM – Navigator on Ken Brown’s Lancaster AJ-F which hit on the Sorpe dam.
The print has been conservation matted and framed to include a piece of the wreckage from Flt Lt John Hopgood’s Lancaster AJ-M, which was shot down over the Möhne Dam, along with the original autographs of four more Dambusters and one of the most legendary leaders of Bomber Command:
Sgt DOUGLAS WEBB DFM – Front Gunner on Lancaster AJ-O.
Flg Off DAVE RODGER DFC – Rear Gunner in American Joe McCarthy’s Lancaster AJ-T.
Sqn Ldr KEN BROWN CGM – Pilot of Lancaster AJ-F that attacked the Sorpe Dam.
Sgt STEFAN OANCIA DFM – Bomb Aimer on Ken Brown’s Lancaster AJ-F.
MRAF Sir ARTHUR ‘BOMBER’ HARRIS BT GCB OBE – Commander in Chief of Bomber Command during WWII.
Published in 1998, Operation Chastise has been sold out for many years and has become one of the most sought after prints in Robert’s extensive portfolio, making this a rare opportunity to grab this historic collector’s item while you can.