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Commemorating the daring 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.


The Dambusters Ride

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To mark the 100th birthday of the last Dambuster, Sqn Ldr George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM we've launched the Dambusters Ride. The 56 or 100-mile bike rides on 15 May will take in landmarks in the east of England that are significant to 617 Squadron and to Johnny.



  • 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.



Dambusters infographic


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