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Dambusters 70 years on: Legacy of famous raid still felt in RAF 617 Squadron now
It was an extraordinary mix of meticulous planning, brilliant science, clever strategy, skilful flying and proper old fashioned courage
#Dambusters 70th anniversary of the May 1943 raid – an annotated graphic
The legend of the Dambusters - the 19 Lancaster bombers of the RAF's 617 Squadron - was enshrined in war-time history 70 years ago, when the planes flew to Germany on the night of 16/17 May to drop their Barnes Wallis-designed bouncing bombs on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in the industrial heartland of…
Following in the slipstream of giants: Pilot offers low-level Dambusters flights 69 years on over reservoir where brave crews trained
The aircrew from 617 Squadron headed to the Peak District because the Derwent Dam resembled some of the German dams they were planning to destroy in Lancaster aircraft, similar to the one pictured right.
The flying death trap that helped save civilisation
By the end of the war, 7,377 Lancasters would have carried out more than 150,000 missions —including the Dambuster Raids of 1943. Robert Hardman examines the story behind the bomber.