How the Second World War raid unfolded

  • Today is the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid
  • World War II mission targeted key dams in Hitler’s industrial heartland
  • A total of 133 aircrew left for the raid on board 19 Lancaster bombers​

It is one of the most storied moments of the Second World War. 

Seventy-five years ago today, 617 squadron were given the order to launch a night of raids on German dams in an effort to disable Hitler’s industrial heartland. Operation CHASTISE involved 133 men flying across Europe in 19 Lancasters to drop specially designed bouncing bombs on the Möhne, Sorper, Eder, and Ennepe.

Read our updates of the attack in real time below:

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