German “Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI”, biplane quadrimotor bomber, This giant airplane could drop about 2 tons of explosives in a single flight, and had a range of about Only 18 of them were produced between 1917 and
The crew board their Avro Lancaster, ED932/G, for the Dams raid. Left to right: Flight Lieutenant R D Trevor-Roper DEM; Sergeant J Pulford; Flight Sergeant G A Deering RCAF; Pilot Officer F M Spafford DFM RAAF; Flight Lieutenant R E G Hutchison DFC; Wing Commander Guy Gibson; Pilot Officer H T Taerum RCAF.
On 16 May Operation Chastise sends RAF Dambusters to bust the Möhne and Edersee Dams in overnight raids in Germany using specially developed bouncing bombs causing catastrophic flooding of the heavily industrialized Ruhr valley.
RAF Scampton, previously home to the Dambusters to become tourist attraction - Wing Cdr Guy Gibson commanded 617 Squadron, a force of Lancaster bombers specially formed at RAF Scampton to attack dams in Germany's Ruhr Valley
A Lancaster bomber aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) soars over the Derwent Valley Dam in Derbyshire. The famous ‘Dambusters’ of the RAF’s 617 Squadron trained in this valley during the Second World War for their mission.
All the Dambusters heroes: Photographs of the 113 men who took part in the daring WWII raid pictured together for the first time
The operation, on 17 May, saw RAF bombers break two large dams in Nazi Germany using 'bouncing bombs'. In total, 133 men ﬂew on the mission in 19 planes. Eight aircraft were lost, 53 men died and three were captured.