Dambusters - the Lancasters that did not return

The Dams Raid is recognised as an incredible piece of airmanship, but there was a heavy price to pay. Tom Allett profiles the crews of the aircraft that failed to return

Anyone familiar with the archive BBC radio news reports of May 17, 1943, or the last minutes of The Dam Busters movie will be familiar with the statement: “Eight of the Lancasters are missing.” Those words underlined the cost of the night’s operation. There would be no congratulations for 56 of the aircrew, and no royal presentation, only a telegram to their loved ones. Fortunately, three of the 56 casualties from Operation Chastise did make it home at the war’s end. 


K-King (primary target: Sorpe dam)

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