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  • 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.

  • The Prisoners of War

    Fifty-six men from 617 Squadron who carried out the Dambusters raid on 16 and 17 May 1943 failed to return and all were presumed dead. Three, however, managed to make miraculous escapes and were subsequently taken prisoner.

  • "The Germans had a perfect copy of the bomb"

    Johnny Johnson, a bomb aimer on the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, tells us about the one complete bouncing bomb that got into the hands of the Germans.

  • Mary Stopes Roe's first knowledge of the raid

    Mary Stopes Roe, the daughter of Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, spoke to the RAF Benevolent Fund in an exclusive interview about how she came to hear about the raid for the very first time.

  • The Third Wave

    The third and final, wave of the five aircraft attack as part of the Dambusters raid of 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.

  • "Your parachute, Sir!"

    In an exclusive interview with Dambusters veteran Johnny Johnson, he tells us the story of an accidentally deployed parachute and a misplaced compass card which caused Flight Commander Joe McCarthy to almost lose his nerve over.

  • Les Munro's plane is hit as he reaches the Dutch Coast

    Speaking in a recent exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund, pilot Les Munro, who flew in the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, told us how the Lancaster he was flying was hit by flak as he reached the Dutch coast.

  • The Second Wave

    The 19 Lancasters of 617 Squadron that set off on the night of the Dambusters raid on May 16 and 17, 1943 flew in three waves. Although they set off first, leaving from 9.30pm onwards, the five Lancasters that were detailed to attack the Sorpe Dam were called the second wave.

  • The Briefing

    Most of the aircrew from 617 Squadron on the famous Dambusters raid of May 16/17, 1943 did not know the targets they would be heading for until the day of the raid itself.

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