Who were the 'Dambusters'?

One hundred and thirty-three men flew into the history books on the night of May 16/17, 1943, for an audacious attack against the Great Dams of the Ruhr in Operation Chastise. These are the men who hit the heart of Germany’s industry in what was dubbed the “greatest raid” of the war…

On the night of May 16/17, 1943, 19 specially adapted Avro Lancasters growled into the Lincolnshire skies – under each hung an Upkeep mine. Bound for the dams of the Ruhr Valley and subsequently the history books, the pilots dropped low-level as the guys ‘down the back’ went about their duties – for them it was just another mission. Eight of those aircraft, or 42% of the force, failed to return…

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