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Dambusters

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid

On the night of 16-17 May 1943, the RAF's 617 Squadron carried out an audacious bombing raid attacking dams serving the Ruhr valley, leaving German factories and mines badly damaged. Learn more about the Dambusters and read our series of specially commissioned blogs featuring interviews with Dambusters bomb-aimer, Johnny Johnson and the late Dambusters hero Les Munro.

 

BLOGS

  • Robert Urquhart
    Robert Urqhuart: failed to return

    Canadian Flying Officer Robert Urqhuart was the navigator for Squadron Leader Henry Maudslay's Lancaster on the night of Operation Chastise, the Dambusters raid of May 16/17, 1943.

  • A Lancaster
    The Third Wave

    The third and final wave of the five aircraft attack as part of the Dambusters raid set off after midnight. They were used as a reserve force that would be directed to targets where the earlier waves had failed to achieve their objective.

 

THE STORY OF THE DAMBUSTERS RAID

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