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  • Bouncing bomb under a Lancaster
    The bouncing bomb just looked like a big glorified dustbin

    Dambusters veteran, Johnny Johnson, describes his first encounter with both the mission-modified aircraft and the bouncing bomb itself.

  • 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.

  • Freya Williams ready to take on London Marathon 2018
    My advice: Never enter the ballot after wine!

    For 24-year-old Freya Williams of Greenwich, taking on the London Marathon this year means so much more to her than ticking something off her bucket list. It's a chance for her to honour her Great Uncle, who served in Bomber Command.

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