LOW LEVEL FLYING | DAMBUSTER 70| DERWENT DAM | ANDY SHEPPARD | AV8-IMAGES.COM
The Dambster's 70th Anniversary raid on three German Dams during 'Operation Chastise' in 1943 was commemorated on 16th May 2013 with an array of flypasts over the Derwent Dam on the Ladybower reservoir in the Peak district. This of course, was the primary training location used by the crews of 617 Squadron and their Lancaster bombers of Bomber Command
The Evening of May 16th 1943 seen nineteen Lancaster aircraft leave RAF Cosford , in Lincolnshire for three locations in Germany: The Möhne, Eder, and Sorpe Dams. Flying as low as 60ft in the heart of hostile teritory, sadly took its toll, losing eight aircraft and 53 men. The operation was a success and provided a boost to British morale and marked a turning point in the war. Today the famous Dambuster of 617 Squadron operates the Tornado Gr4 and continue to provide precision strikes in war zones.
The flypasts were carried out by the BBMF Lancaster: PA474 Thumper MkIII in 617 markings, along with a BBMF Spitfire PM631 I the makings of 541 Squadron which provided photo recce mssions ahead of the dam raids. Finally the modern day Dambusters based at RAF Lossiemouth provided a pair of GR4's both wearing commemorative 70th anniversary tail art.
A fitting tribute to the men of the Dambusters, who were armed with nothing more than courage, Ingenuity and a bouncing bomb.
"Aprés moi, le deluge" - "After me, the flood"