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
Photograph collection of Dambusters IWM