How the Dambusters used Mustangs

One of 617’s pair of Mustang IIIs, showing its ‘Malcolm hood’ canopy. This image is generally cited as depicting HB837 being flown by Leonard Cheshire on his last sortie, to Mimoyecques on 6 July 1944, though it has also been described as taken on the aircraft’s first mission to Siracourt. There is no sign of the individual code letter ‘N’ that HB837 is said to have carried, at least on the port side as shown.

The story of the North American Mustangs used for target marking by No 617 Squadron has, to an extent, taken on a life of its own.

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