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Dambusters

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of Operation Chastise

The RAF Benevolent Fund has put together a specially commissioned series of blogs to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Chastise – the daring Dambusters raid of May 16/17, 1943. Find out more about the story of the Dambusters.

 

  • WWII Lancaster aircraft
    "Powerful waves shone out silver in the moonlight"

    Although significant losses were sustained by 617 Squadron on the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, the damage that the Lancasters inflicted on their targets was also great. A number of German civilians gave their accounts of what unfolded in the minutes and hours after the raid.

  • Barnes Wallis
    Barnes Wallis – A portrait by his grandson

    In an exclusive interview with Jonathan Stopes Roe, the grandson of bouncing bomb inventor Barnes Wallis, he gives a personal account of Wallis as a grandfather.

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