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    This is London. The Air Ministry has just issued the following communique. In the early hours of this morning, a force of Lancasters of Bomber Command, led by Wing Commander G.P. Gibson DSO DFC, attacked with mines the dams of the Mohne and Sorpe reservoirs. These control two-thirds of the water storage capacity of the Ruhr Basin. Reconnaissance later established that the Mohne Dam had been breached over a length of 100 yards, and that the power station below had been swept away by the resulting floods. The Eder Dam, which controls the headwaters of the Weser and Fulda Valleys, and operates several power stations, was also attacked and reported as breached. Photographs show the river below the dam in full flood. The attacks were pressed home at extremely low level with great determination and coolness in the face of fierce resistance. Eight of the Lancasters are missing.

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #90636
    Mike
    Keymaster

    I can see that whilst a few people have looked at this topic, maybe the lack of replies is due to confusion?

    I myself am not sure what this is about, or where the pictures are, if indeed there should be any.
    Am I being dense and missing the obvious?

    Is it the prelude to a game report?

     

    #90637
    Mike Headden
    Participant

    The anniversary of the Dambusters Raid.

    “Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, later called the Dam Busters, using a purpose-built “bouncing bomb” developed by Barnes Wallis.[1] The Möhne and Edersee Dams were breached, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley; the Sorpe Dam sustained only minor damage. Two hydroelectric power stations were destroyed and several more damaged. Factories and mines were also damaged and destroyed. An estimated 1,600 civilians, about 600 Germans and 1,000 mainly Soviet forced labourers died. Despite rapid repairs by the Germans, production did not return to normal until September.” – Wikipedia

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #90638
    John D Salt
    Participant

    Air Ministry, 28th May 1943

    ROYAL AIR FORCE

    The King has been graciously pleased to confer the Victoria Cross on the undermentioned officer in recognition of most conspicuous bravery: –
    Acting Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson, D.S.O, D.F.C (39438), Reserve of Air Force Officers, No. 617 Squadron.
    This officer served as a night bomber pilot at the beginning of the war and quickly established a reputation as an outstanding operational pilot. In addition to taking the fullest possible share in all normal operations, he made single handed attacks during his ‘rest’ nights on such highly defended objectives as the German battleship Tirpitz, then completing in Wilhelmshaven.
    When this tour of operational duty was concluded, he asked for a further operational posting and went to a night fighter unit instead of being posted for instructional duties. In the course of his second operational tour, he destroyed at least three enemy bombers and contributed much to the raising and development of new night fighter formations.
    After a short period in a training unit, he again volunteered for operational duties and returned to night bombers. Both as an operational pilot and as a leader of his squadron, he achieved outstandingly successful results and his personal courage knew no bounds. Berlin, Cologne, Danzig, Gdynia, Genoa, Le Creusot, Milan, Nuremberg and Stuttgart were among the targets he attacked by day and by night.
    On conclusion of his third operational tour, WIng Commander Gibson pressed strongly to be allowed to remain on operations and he was selected to command a squadron then forming for special tasks. Under his inspiring leadership, this squadron has now executed one of the most devastating attacks of the war – the breaching of the Moehne and Eder dams.
    The task was fraught with danger and difficulty. Wing Commander Gibson personally made the initial attack on the Moehne dam. Descending to within a few feet of the water and taking the full brunt of anti aircraft defences, he delivered his attack with great accuracy. Afterwards he circled very low for 30 minutes, drawing the enemy fire on himself in order to leave as free a run as possible to the following aircraft which were attacking the dam in turn.
    Wing Commander Gibson then led the remainder of his force to the Eder dam where, with complete disregard for his own safety, he repeated his tactics and once more drew on himself the enemy fire so that the attack could be successfully developed.
    Wing Commander Gibson has completed over 170 sorties, involving more than 600 hours operational flying. Throughout his operational career, prolonged exceptionally at his own request, he has shown leadership, determination and valour of the highest order.

    #90694

    “Standby to pull me out of the seat if I get hit!”

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #90699

    Obligatory wargaming bit!

    My next little project is going to the Dams Raid, using those excellent 1/44 diecast Lancs. Whether I’ll convert ’em to actually look like 617’s ‘abortion’ Lancs, is something I’m still cogitating? But they’ll certainly be thundering over a moonlight nothern Hunland to the great dams. Then it’ll definitely be…

    BOMB GONE!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

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