In May 1943, the RAF bombed German dams to disrupt their war production using Lancaster bombers and a new weapon called the "bouncing bomb". The bomb had to be dropped at a specific height and speed to bounce across the water and destroy the dam.


This Article from the Imperial War Museum makes the following points
  • Three dams were targeted and two breached
  • Limited impact on industrial production but a significant British morale booster.
  • 53 aircrew were killed, three became prisoners of war, and almost 1,300 people were killed on the ground due to flooding.
  • 617 Squadron Leader Guy Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross.


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