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Seventy five years ago on this very night, nineteen crews took off from RAF Scampton in modified Avro Lancasters. They were tasked with using Barnes Wallis' new weapon, the bouncing bomb and use it to breach the Eder,  Möhne and Sorpe dams in the industrial heartland of Germany. The ultimate goal being to cause catastrophic flooding in the Rhur and Eder valleys, which were highly industrialized areas and significant targets for hampering NAZI Germany's war effort. Over the course of the night, two of the dams, the Eder and Möhne were breached and the Sorpe was lightly damaged. Eight aircraft were lost and fifty three men lost their lives, a further three were taken as prisoner of war.

617 Squadron disbanded in 2014, but a year earlier a Panavia Tornado GR4 from the very same squadron received special tail markings to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the mission. During the Royal International Air Tattoo of the same year, the special tail Tornado performed this formation with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster to mark the anniversary.

Though the squadron is currently disbanded, this is not the end for this most iconic of squadrons. Later this year, they are once more to be reformed in order to take the Royal Air Force into the fifth generation, when they take charge of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful~~
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JhawkR2010 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
"Damn Busters" ! ! !
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner May 16, 2018
An incredible feat and a  fascinating story before during and after the event.
Nice one Mr Wales.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marvelous shot! :clap:
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