16 May 1943 Operation Chastise The Dambusters

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Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently known as the “Dambusters”.


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The Dambusters was an elite Lancaster bomber unit and the Operation Chastise raid was led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, with the bombers using a unique bouncing bomb developed by Dr.Barnes Wallis.

Three Dams were attacked; The Möhne, the Edersee and the Sorpe.

The results included catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley, Two hydroelectric power-plants destroyed, with several more damaged. Some factories and mines were also either damaged or destroyed, with about 1600 deaths.

19 Planes took part in this raid, and only 9 returned. 53 aircrew were killed and 3 were taken prisoner.

However, another report states that Eleven Returned and Eight did not Return


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  • Crashed after hitting large-scale power lines outbound.
  • Crashed after hitting large-scale power lines outbound.
  • Shot down over the Dutch coast outbound.
  • Shot down over the Netherlands outbound.
  • Shot down over Germany outbound.
  • Shot down over the target while attacking.
  • Shot down over the Dutch coast while returning.
  • Shot down over Germany while trying to return.

 

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