70 years – an appreciation

Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently known as the “Dambusters”, using a specially developed “bouncing bomb” invented and developed by Barnes Wallis. The Möhne and Edersee Dams were breached, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley, while the Sorpe dam sustained only minor damage. Two hydroelectric powerplants were destroyed and several more were damaged. Factories and mines were also either damaged or destroyed.

The Lancaster is/was one of the most graceful aircraft ever to fly and I thought I would add some of my pictures of PA474 in Phantom of the Ruhr Livery.

To all who gave so much, you will never be forgotten.

Thank you


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