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Dambusters

  • Les Munro
    Bomber Command's key role in D-Day

    In an exclusive extract from the memoirs of the late Dambusters pilot Les Munro, he tells the story of the confusion created by brave Lancaster pilots who, flying without cover, created the impression the Allied Forces were attacking a different region of France. 

  • Les Munro
    In tribute to Les Munro

    The RAF Benevolent Fund is saddened to hear of the death of Les Munro, the last surviving Dambusters pilot.

  • Mary Stopes Roe
    Was the Dambusters raid a success?

    In an exclusive interview with Mary Stopes Roe, daughter of bouncing bomb inventor Barnes Wallis, we asked her for her thoughts on whether the Dambusters raid was a success.

  • Les Munro
    Les Munro Turns Back

    In an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund New Zealand pilot Les Munro, one of the last surviving members of the Dambusters, tells the story of how he and his crew made the decision to turn back after being hit crossing the Dutch coast.

  • 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.

  • "I enjoyed flying Lancasters"

    In an exclusive interview, Les Munro, the last surviving pilot from the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, tells us about his fond memories of flying the aircraft that was chosen for the mission – the Lancaster.

  • Hoppy Hopgood: "If I don't come back will you please destroy that letter"

    Johnny Johnson, one of the last remaining servicemen who flew in the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, tells us the story of a man who never made it home, John 'Hoppy' Hopgood.

  • Twelve Lancasters: Bomb Drop Training

    Les Munro, the last remaining pilot to have flown in the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, explained in an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund, the dangers that were involved in the bomb drop training.

  • The Debrief

    The job was still not done once the surviving 11 crews of 617 Squadron had made it back to RAF Scampton on the morning of 17 May 1943.

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