May 14, 2023 6.00 pm This story is over 8 months old

Operation Chastise: How the Dambusters raid made history

Never forgotten as the 80th anniversary approaches

It was just before 9.30pm when the first aircraft took off from RAF Scampton on May 16, 1943, carrying a very unusual cargo.

The Lancasters had been modified to carry a 9000lb bomb, which was capable of skipping across the surface of water if released at a specific speed and height.

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