On the night of 16/17 May 1943 the men of 617 Squadron breached the mighty
dams of Germany in one of the most audacious precision raids of World
War II. They were the Dambusters.
On the night of 16/17 May 1943, nineteen Lancasters and 133 men from the
recently formed 617 Squadron carried out one of the most spectacular precision
raids in the history of air warfare. This highly secret undertaking went
under the code name of Operation Chastise, but the world would come to
know it simply as the Dambuster Raid.
To destroy the huge hydroelectric dams that fed power to the Ruhr, the
heart of Germany's industrial war machine, the crack unit was under no
illusions about the task that lay before them, They could expect no mercy
from the prowling night-fighters or heavy flak units that lay between
them and the targets, and they could expect a barrage of fire as they
ran in to their targets. And if that wasn't enough, in order to release
their spinning, hydrostatic mines, a 'bouncing bomb' devised to skip across
the water before sinking to erupt against the dam wall, they would need
to fly at exactly 230 miles per hour, in total darkness and probably under
attack, and at precisely 60 feet above the water.
Robert Taylor's world famous portrayal of the moment that the Mohne Dam
was breached in Operation Chastise sold out almost immediately when it
was originally released and has since joined the ranks of the most collectible
limited air combat editions ever published. It is important, therefore,
that this famous piece is the latest to be enhanced by the creation of
new GICLEE STUDIO PROOF ON CANVAS.
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