53 RAF aircrew lost their lives in the Dambuster raids We Shall Remember Them
Bouncing Bomb code-named Upkeep underneath a Lancaster bomber.
Image: British Ministry of Defence, Air Historical Branch.
LEST WE FORGET
133 RAF aircrew participated in the Dambusters attack.
Of those, 53 lost their lives–a casualty rate of almost 40 percent. The dead were all young men in the prime of their lives.
Life, to be sure,
Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is,
And we were young.
From the poem Here Dead We Lie
by A.E. Housman
OPERATION CHASTISE (THE DAMBUSTERS’ RAID) 16 – 17 MAY 1943 (CH 9750) The Targets: A vertical reconnaissance photo showing the breach in the Eder Dam. The awkward approach to the dam resulted in the failure of the first three attempts to place a bomb accurately enough to destroy it. The fourth aircraft to attack (AJ-N) succeeded, however. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205022178
Photograph collection of Dambusters IWM