THE DAMBUSTERS - AND THE EPIC WARTIME RAIDS OF 617 SQUADRON
by The Military Gallery
In the early hours of Monday 17 May 1943
one of the most daring low-level night
time raids in the history of air warfare
took place, when nineteen Lancaster crews
from the newly formed 617 Squadron
successfully attacked the great dams of
Germany. Their audacious mission –
codenamed Operation Chastise –
gained them immediate fame and legendary
After the Dambusters Raid the squadron
remained operational, becoming known as
precision-bombing specialists, undertaking
some of the most famous missions of WWII;
the Dortmund-Ems Canal, Kembs Barrage and
sinking of the mighty German Battleship
Tirpitz are just a few of the countless
operations carried out by the unit.
128 page hard back case-bound book
Overall size approx: 9½ x 12 inches
There are few photographic records of these dramatic events, but this lavishly illustrated book tells their incredible story through an unparalleled collection of paintings and drawings from some of the world’s most talented aviation and military artists, inspired by first-hand accounts from the veterans involved. Carefully selected from the archives of the Military Gallery, works by Richard Taylor, Anthony Saunders, Gerald Coulson, Simon Smith and the world’s foremost aviation artist Robert Taylor are all featured.
With 128 pages packed full of colourful works along with many new maps, diagrams and specially commissioned unseen artwork, this stunning visual record leads us through the preparations and execution of the Dambusters Raid. From the development of the ‘Bouncing Bomb’, the crews that took part and a detailed account of the mission, we are then taken on a journey into the units’ exploits after Operation Chastise.
Painstakingly researched with the assistance of world renowned expert Dr Robert Owen, official historian of the 617 Sqn Association, this historically accurate account provides a unique insight into the incredible story of the Dambusters and the subsequent wartime exploits of the legendary 617 Sqn.
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Edition Size - 1000