On 16th May 1943, the crews of 617 Sqn were about to embark on an audacious low-level assault against the great dams of Germany. Codenamed Operation Chastise, the task required exceptional flying skills and a specially designed ‘bouncing bomb’, but if the dams could be destroyed it would deal a massive blow to the Nazi war machine.
Robert Taylor perfectly captures the tense atmosphere in preparation for the raid - at 20.30 hrs a modified Lancaster with its massive ‘Upkeep’ clearly visible, stands at dispersal at RAF Scampton while her crew await the call to embark on this most daring mission.
Overall size: 14" x 16¾"
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Signed by 617 Squadron veterans of the Dams Raid.
Squadron Leader Les Munro DSO DFC RNZAF Pilot of Lancaster AJ-W assigned to attack the Sorpe Dam.
Sqnn Ldr George ‘Johnny’ Johnson MBE DFM RAF - Bomb-aimer on Lancaster AJ-T that attacked the Sorpe Dam, scoring a direct hit.
Cpl. Maureen Stevens WAAF - The R/T Operator at RAF Scampton throughout the raid constantly communicating with the crews.
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