Synopses & Reviews
Covers the theories, early designs, testing setbacks, preparations and fulfilment of the Dambuster raids. *Also Appeared in March 1999 Buyer's Notes*
The most audacious bombing raid in history is explained in detail within this text. It includes the complex design and testing of Barnes Wallis' theories, including dummy runs across English and Scottish lakes and lochs.
Operation Chastise - the Dambusters Raid, as it became known - undertaken by 19 Lancasters of 617 Squadron on the night of 16 May 1943, was the most audacious bombing raid of the Second World War. For the loss of 11 aircraft, the Mohne and Eder dams in Germany's industrial heartland were breached, and a famous if controversial victory-won. John Sweetman's book is the most comprehensive account of this legendary mission, from the development of Barnes Wallis' 'bouncing bomb' (in reality a revolving depth-charge) to every moment of the raid itself, under the charismatic command of Guy Gibson, VC. It recalls a time of commitment, perseverance and sheer dogged determination in the face of dangerous and improbable odds.