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  • Aerial view of a dam
    When the two base pins were in line you dropped your bomb

    Johnny Johnson, Dambusters veteran, explains what his bomb-drop training for the raid entailed.

  • Barnes Wallis
    He wanted to get his hands dirty

    Mary Stopes-Roe, daughter of bouncing bomb inventor, Barnes Wallis, tells the story of Wallis’s eagerness to become an engineer at a young age.

  • Daily Mirror headline
    Torrent rages along Ruhr

    On May 18, 1943, the Daily Mirror reported that "hundreds of square miles of devastation have spread through the Ruhr, Germany's most vital and most densely-populated industrial area".

  • 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.

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