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In May 1943 Lancaster bombers from No. 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force, undertook a mission to attack the German industrial heartland. The ‘Dambusters’ raid, or Operation Chastise to give it its official title, targeted dams that controlled the supply of water to the Ruhr valley. The mission required immense skill and bravery, particularly as it involved a bombing technique never before attempted. The raid would become one of the most famous of the Second World War and indeed in the history of military aviation.
This talk covers the conception of the mission, the training and preparation, the raid itself and its legacy.
Tutors: Anthony Stevens
Anthony Stevens served as a Navigator in the Royal Air Force for twenty one years, six of which were on Vulcan bombers, one of the successors to the Lancaster. He spent 6 months training at RAF Scampton, home of 617 Squadron, before moving to the other side of Lincoln to RAF Waddington. He went on to fly F4 Phantom fighters and C-130 Hercules, an aircraft with a very close association with Cambridge through Marshalls. His time on the Hercules involved two years flying in support of UK Special Forces, including service in the 1991 Gulf War, and he accumulated nearly 5000 flying hours. Anthony lives here in Stapleford and now works for the Civil Aviation Authority in London.