The Dam Busters: Breaking the Great Dams of Germany, 16-17 May 1943

The Dam Busters: Breaking the Great Dams of Germany, 16-17 May 1943


By (author) Jonathan Falconer

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  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 268mm x 16mm | 821g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Somerset
  • ISBN 10: 184425867X
  • ISBN 13: 9781844258673
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 182,683

Product description

The daring attack on the Ruhr dams in May 1943 by RAF Lancasters of 617 Squadron remains one of the greatest feats of arms of the 20th century. It had all the ingredients of a classic adventure story - a miracle weapon designed to destroy an indestructible target in a raid carried out by an elite bomber squadron led by a highly decorated young wing commander. This lavishly illustrated account tells the full story, including a chapter on the epic 1954 film "The Dam Busters", and fully detailed appendices.

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Author information

Jonathan Falconer is the author of more than 20 books on aspects of aviation history, including the best-selling Filming The Dam Busters and RAF Bomber Airfields of World War Two. Jonathan is a senior commissioning editor with Haynes.

Table of contents

Compelling narrative account of the most famous bombing raid of the Second World War. Lavishly illustrated with archive photographs, including rare colour. Includes a chapter on the 1954 film The Dam Busters. Detailed appendices covering full aircrew battle order and operational losses. Foreword by the late Richard Todd, who played Guy Gibson in the 1954 film The Dam Busters.