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By Colin Higgs

They have been the Dambusters – the pilots and team of the RAF’s elite 617 Squadron. They flew the main tough missions. They breached the Dams! They sank the Tirpitz! They have been the single squadron to drop the monstrous Grand Slam bombs and with them they destroyed bridges, viaducts or even Hitler’s impregnable U-boat pens.

In this certain e-book, brought via Dams raid survivor, George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, authors Colin Higgs and Bruce Vigar current a minimum of 9 particular interviews with males who flew and fought in 617 Squadron through the moment global battle. those males took half in almost each operation the Squadron flew and went on one of the most bold and unsafe missions of the battle. the result's probably the most shiny and unforgettable money owed of the RAF at conflict ever written.

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We knew they have been an elite lot and so they had the simplest crews – doubtless approximately it, they have been very skilled crews – we felt we have been skilled and we would have liked to hitch them. We have been by means of or 3 different 619 crews to 617 so there has been an charisma approximately it and that i persevered to delight in this air of secrecy even after I left the squadron, which we shouldn’t have performed, in fact. i used to be a section greater to the others who hadn’t been on 617 Squadron, or so I felt. We have been more than happy to be approved. We notion we have been specialist adequate. We had survived thirty operations. the entire staff had performed pretty well such a lot of them. We knew our method round the bomber offensive and we inspiration we had extra to supply. We had acknowledged we didn’t are looking to be break up up, that used to be our major idea, and right here used to be a chance to do anything greatly assorted with a squadron that we trendy and desired to get into. Their approach of working was once relatively varied and we have been led by means of a superb CO, Leonard Cheshire, who used to be really easy to get on with yet very adept at getting humans to grasp what he sought after and he led correct from front. So right here we have been in a small outstanding strength and the tactic of working desirable me and i'm convinced it desirable the remainder of the group. We weren’t bombing a wide urban. I had not anything opposed to that type of operation other than that it had its personal hazards. right here we have been outstanding at person pursuits with pinpoint accuracy with a way more exact bomb-sight which we needed to make paintings appropriately on a particular small goal. the whole lot approximately it used to be attention-grabbing and engaging correct from the beginning. John’s subsequent job was once to profit in regards to the new bomb-sight that used to be distinct to 617 Squadron. the recent equipment we had was once the Stabilising computerized Bomb-sight and purely that squadron used to be outfitted with it simply because, to begin with, [of] how you needed to apply it to a standard bombing run and secondly, simply because [of] how it used to be synthetic. As I understood it, it was once made by means of loads of watchmakers. It used to be such an elaborate piece of equipment that it used to be technically tough to breed in volume. So our preliminary guide used to be now not within the air. We had loads of guideline at the flooring, either the pilot and that i, because it was once a joint operation utilizing the bomb-sight. finally we have been allowed within the air. We have been assigned an aeroplane and that used to be going to be our aeroplane for the time at the squadron. We received within the air and rancid we went to Wainfleet to drop a few perform bombs. and that i couldn’t think it. the 1st bombs I dropped hit the facet of the triangle. I’d by no means been capable of do this [before] so i assumed this can be a few piece of apparatus! It couldn’t be faulted. The 3rd time around, and this indicates the place the co-operation among the pilot and the bomb-aimer was once completely crucial, as the pilot had an device which gave him a few details at the angle of the aeroplane except all of the different tools and he detected that it wasn’t fairly correct. I, because the bomb-aimer, overrode him and stated no, it seems ok to me and we dropped the bomb.

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