Operation Chastise   -   The Dambuster Raid

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The following 7 Red Buttons will download all the files you will need to fly Operation Chastise, The Dambusters Raid

The Green Buttons will take you to the 91st Mission Re-enactment Statistics Data and its Summary and to a listing of the Original Aircraft and their Crews

The following three buttons will take you to parts 1, 2 and 3 of the 91st's 2013 re-enactment of Operation Chastise where 13 of our Pilots took part.

These Films were made possible by ChicoMick and are extraordinary examples of his expertise and dedication.

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Operation Chastise was a series of attacks on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently publicized as the "Dam Busters", using a specially developed "bouncing bomb" invented and developed by Barnes Wallis. The Möhne and Edersee Dams were breached, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley; the Sorpe dam sustained only minor damage. Two hydroelectric power stations were destroyed and several more were damaged. Factories and mines were also either damaged or destroyed. An estimated 1,600 people drowned. The damage was mitigated by rapid repairs by the Germans, with production returning to normal in September.

The Möhne dam on the day following the attacks.

Memorial to the dead in Neheim, 7 kilometres (4 mi) from the Möhne dam
Memorial to Operation Chastise members at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Using two spotlights to adjust altitude, a modified Lancaster dropped a backspun drum-bomb skipped over torpedo nets protecting Which the dam. After impact the bomb spun down to the dam's base and exploded.

The waves followed different routes and the second wave actually took off first as it had the longest route. The weather produced stronger winds than forecast and this caused serious problems for the second wave, which actually crossed the Dutch coast first. Unforecast winds had pushed the aircraft south of their intended track. One aircraft, that of Byers, strayed over the heavily defended island of Texel, rather than the intended landfall at the apparently undefended but similar looking island of Vlieland. Byers’ aircraft was shot down and the crew were all killed. A short while later Munro’s aircraft flew over Vlieland, but was hit by fire from a flak battery whose presence was not known. Munro’s aircraft was damaged and he was forced to return to Scampton. A different disaster befell Rice, whose aircraft hit the surface of the sea, ripping the Upkeep mine free and flooding the back of the aircraft with seawater. A shaken but very lucky Rice and crew also returned to Scampton. Some while later Barlow’s aircraft hit power lines, possibly after being struck by flak, and crashed with the loss of all on board. Four out of five aircraft from the second wave had thus been lost or had aborted within a short space of time. The fifth crew, McCarthy’s, had hurriedly had to change aircraft at Scampton because of a technical problem and were flying twenty minutes behind the others in the second wave. They crossed at Vlieland and were fired on but not hit, McCarthy reporting that he sank down to fly between two large dunes to provide cover from the flak! Later in the trip the aircraft was hit by a cannon shell which hit the undercarriage nacelle and burst the starboard tire.

Red Aircraft (8) were lost, Grey Aircraft (3)turned back and Blue Aircraft (8) made it home