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Dambusters

  • Bouncing bomb under a Lancaster
    Any fool can invent something

    Mary Stopes Roe, the daughter of the inventor of the bouncing bomb, Barnes Wallis, tells of her father’s views on how an invention is meaningless without the people prepared to put it into action.

  • Johnny Johnson
    My bomb-aimer's gonna get married!

    Dambusters veteran, Johnny Johnson, explains how the raid very nearly postponed his wedding – permanently!

  • Air Vice-Marshal Ralph Cochrane
    Guy Gibson gets his orders

    Air Vice-Marshal Ralph Cochrane became Commander of 5 Group in Bomber Command in February 1943 and one of his first tasks was to organize the Dambusters raid.

  • Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallis in the film The Dam Busters
    Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallis in the Dam Busters film

    Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, was played by Michael Redgrave in the 1955 film The Dam Busters. Barnes' daughter Mary, tells us more.

  • RAF Scampton
    RAF Scampton: home of the Dambusters

    RAF Scampton, just a few miles north of Lincoln, was already the home of 57 Squadron and then became the home of 617 Squadron as they geared up for the Dambusters raid.

  • Plaisterers Hall April Fool's Club Dinner 2017
    Spectacular dinner begins Dambusters raid anniversary commemorations

    A spectacular dinner in London hosted by the April Fools Club marked the start of a year-long fundraising campaign to raise £1million for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • 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.

  • Hopgood's Courageous Run by Simon Atack
    Hopgood's Courageous Run

    Artist Simon Atack's painting 'Hopgood's Courageous Run' depicts the Lancaster piloted by Flight Lieutenant John 'Hoppy' Hopgood as he made his attack on the Möhne Dam on 16 and 17 May 1943 as part of the daring Dambusters raid.

  • Lancaster
    Researching the Dambusters raid

    John Sweetman is the author of the recently published book, The Dambusters Experience. Learn about his research into the history of Operation Chastise.

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