53 RAF aircrew lost their lives in the Dambuster raids We Shall Remember Them

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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

World War Two: Childrens’ marbles Which led to World War Two’s Dambusters to go on sale for £600

 

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A World War Two RAF Avro Lancaster bomber aircraft, complete with Guy Gibson’s serial number of AJG from 617 ‘Dambuster’ Squadron, flies past Teesside Airport  (photo Imperial War Museum)

 

 

Breathless, Inaccurate but Interesting Piece from the London Daily Mail

 

Inventor Barnes Wallis ran tests in his garden, using his daughter’s marbles and a tin bath filled with water before he came up with the daring plan.

Four marbles used to help develop the bouncing bombs dropped by the Dambusters are up for auction. Inventor Barnes Wallis ran tests in his garden, using his daughter’s marbles and a tin bath filled with water.

The 1943 raid on Germ­any’s Ruhr valley helped change the course of the Second World War. (THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE Says Charles McCain)

The remainder of the story is here:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ordinary-marbles-led-world-war-5000622