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16 May 2014

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Today (16th May 2014) marks the 71st anniversary of the Dambusters raid, also known as Operation Chastise.

19 Lancaster bombers took off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, secretly equipped with Dr Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bomb designed to destroy German dams and flood the Ruhr Valley.

The Lancaster bombers, flown by 617 Squadron, were extensively modified and the crews were trained to fly at less than 100ft (30.48m) above the water, the height required to drop the bombs successfully.

Here is a picture of our Lancaster PA474 flying over Derwent reservoir dam in Derbyshire (where the original crews practiced for the World War II attack) for the 70th anniversary last year.

Dambusters 2013

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