Lancaster Mk III type 464 provisioning, F/S Townsend, No 617 Squadron RAF, Opération 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 F/S Townsend, Lancaster ED886 / AJ-O was part of the third wave of the attack and bombed the Ennepe dam. Because of mist, it took three runs for the crew to launch its Upkeep mine but the dam was not breached. It was the last of the aircraft to return from the raid, landing at 06:15.


Pilot: F/S William C. Towsend, DFM
Flight Engineer: Sgt Dennis J. D. Powell
Navigator: P/O Cecil L. Howard (RAAF), DFC
Wireless Operator: F/S George A. Chalmers, DFM
Bomb aimer: Sgt Charles E. Franklin, DFM
Front Gunner: Sgt Douglas E. Webb, DFM
Rear Gunner: Sgt Raymond Wilkinson, DFM



Artist: Gaëtan Marie

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