Lancaster Mk III type 464 provisioning, S/L Young, No 617 Squadron RAF, Operation Chastise, 16 May 1943

Operation Chastise took place during the night of 16-17 May 1943 and was meant to destroy dams in the industrial Rühr region. Bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis were dropped by specially-modified Lancasters led by Guy Gibson, and succeeded in breaching two of the three dams. Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in the raid.

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“The Dambusters”
No 617 Squadron RAF
Ruhr Valley Dams Raid
16-17 May 1943



Avro Lancaster B Mk III type 464 provisioning
Flown by S/L H. M. Young, Lancaster ED887 / AJ-A was part of the first wave of the attack and the fourth aircraft to attack the Möhne Dam. Its mine was dropped accurately and caused a small breach in the dam, which collapsed after the following aircraft, flown by F/L Maltby, scored another well-aimed hit. On its return flight, the aircraft was shot down crossing the Dutch coast near Ijmuiden, and crashed into the sea killing all on board.

Pilot: Sqn Ldr H. M. Young, DFC & Bar
Flight Engineer: Sgt D. T. Horsfall
Navigator: Flt Sgt C. W. Roberts
Wireless Operator: Sgt L. W. Nichols
Bomb aimer: Fg Off V. S. MacCausland (Canada)
Front Gunner: Sgt G. A. Yeo
Rear Gunner: Sgt W. Ibbotson



Artist: Gaëtan Marie

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