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Dambusters

  • Barnes Wallis
    We all just knew that he was very pressured

    Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, knew from the start of the Second World War that he would have an important role to play.

  • Guy Gibson
    Guy Gibson, the essence of good leadership

    Dambusters veteran, Johnny Johnson, during which he imparted his thoughts on RAF hero and commander of Squadron 617, Guy Gibson.

  • April Fools Club members
    Cyclists' tribute to Dambusters mission

    This May a group of cyclists will echo the journey taken by 19 Lancasters 75 years ago when they set off the Dambusters raid.

  • Mary Stopes Roe
    He showed us how you could skim stones

    Mary Stopes Roe, the daughter of Barnes Wallis, described in an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund how her father taught her and her sister and brothers to skim stones on the Dorset coast before the war.

  • Barnes Wallis
    Barnes Wallis – before Chastise

    Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb that was used in the Dambusters raid Operation Chastise, was born in Derbyshire in 1887.

  • Barnes Wallis
    Barnes Wallis and the Christ's Hospital bursary fund

    Mary, the daughter of Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, tells the story of how her father created a bursary for the children of RAF personnel killed in service.

  • Vernon Byers
    Vernon Byers: failed to return

    Canadian Pilot Officer Vernon Byers was the pilot of Lancaster 'K for King' on the night of May 16, 1943 as 617 Squadron launched its assault on the Ruhr dams.

  • Johnny Johnson
    Flying at 100ft: "It was tremendously exhilarating"

    Johnny Johnson, bomb aimer in 617 Squadron on the Dambusters raid, describes his experience during the raid's dangerous low flying training in a recent and exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • 617 Squadron aircrew
    "We were not allowed to tell anybody anything"

    Johnny Johnson, one of the last remaining aircrew who flew in 617 Squadron's Dambuster raid, explained in a one-off interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund about the strict secrecy of information that was enforced by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, during the training that preceded the raid.

  • Barnes Wallis
    That's what fathers do

    Mary, daughter of Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb, explains how she never really felt pressured to keep Wallis' work a secret.

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