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Operation Chastise - The Dambusters.

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Pete236, May 16, 2019.

  1. Pete236

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    76 years ago, 617 squadron crews were nearing the damn of Rühr.

    Out of 19 aircraft and 133 crew to take off, 8 aircraft and 53 crew didn't make it home.

    Brave men. Per Ardua Ad Astra.

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    They just look stunning ... Beautiful aircraft and brave men that flew them.
     
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    Per Ardua Ad Astra

    Respect
     
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    Brave Men indeed, they have my utmost Respect..

    Ray
     
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    but you couldnt call guy gibsons dog in public these days!:eek:
     
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    Grace in motion and respect to those who fought for all of us regardless of colour, creed or religion - better days in many ways.
     
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    Heroes to the last. It upsets me to see the fat nylon clad tattooed gangsters thriving these days. God bless them all.
     
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    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    I wanted to name my dog after Gibson's, I had to settle for Biggles instead...
     
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    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    The aforementioned, who was going to be named after Gibson's dog, in honour of those brave men of 617 squadron (he also chases Lancaster bombers)...

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    Proof!
     
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    Is that Jane at East Kirkby?

    Have you heard about the Biggles book which was never published? Biggles Flys undone...
     
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    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Yes that is Jane, people were queueing up to take his photo by the port wheel... When she went off to do her taxi run the daft beggar nearly pulled me through the rope trying to get the back wheel. 4 Merlin engines going at speed and the daft Labrador wants to chase what he thinks is the worlds biggest pheasant....

    I thought that book was released under the alternate title, "Biggles Flies Low!"
     
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    My great grandmother cat had the same name, she used to stand at the back door and call it in every night.
     
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    I have mentioned this on the forum before. There was a great radio series called "The Dambusters" on Australian radio. Well worth a listen. It is 60 years old but the sound quality is fine. Not only does it cover the Dams raid but is about 617 squadron and some of the lesser known operation undertaken after.

    Raids on U boat pens, viaducts and tunnels and a vital mission carried out on D day. It covers raids against the V1 rocket factories and the use of the massive Barnes Wallis Tallboys and Earthquake bombs

    I downloaded and recorded it and listened to it in the car. If you want to hear some brilliant radio I suggest you listen to it using this link.


    https://archive.org/details/TheDambusters1954OtrAustralianRadio
     
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    I count myself lucky to have seen two Lancs flying together! A sight (and sound) that will probably never be seen again.




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    617's post Dams career is fascinating. Their D-day missing made the Germans think the invasion was going in about 100 miles away from the actual spot and diverted a huge amount of weapons and men away from the invasion beaches. They must have saved thousands of lives.

    And their accuracy with Barnes Wallace' big bombs was phenomenal. At a time when the average bomb run was made within a few miles of its intended spot, 617 could drop 18 bombs within 35 yards of each other, and bombs hit the ground in less than 5 minutes. From 18,000 feet, with no magnification on the bombsights. One chap put a bomb straight on the foredeck of the Tirpitz (Daniels I think his name was) and from 18,000 it looked like a small silver pin!
     
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    I was dead lucky too. Made it to Conningsby and has a tour of the BBMF hangar with both Lancs in, also made it to Eastbourne to see them in the air together.
    2 Lancs in close formation flying below the white cliffs - that was something special.

    But Just Jane isn't far off flying now, another couple of years work should see her airborne!
     
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    I hope it does. I think they will fall in the final furlong because the testing is so stringent, but I hope they manage it.
    A mate of mine won a taxi ride in a raffle on one of the open days. He said it was amazing and would have been worth it if he'd have had to pay the full price.
     
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    I had a taxy run a few years ago for a birthday pressie. It was astonishing! The things are so small inside, so cramped. It was hard working moving a phone in jeans and t shirt, I couldn't imagine what is was like in flying suit and parachute!
     
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    Biggles was born at the end of the runway for Coningsby, a village called Dogdyke...
     
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