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70th Anniversary of the Dambusters - Talk on Operation Chastise

16 May 2013

The Dambusters 70th anniversary logo5:00pm arrival for 5:15pm start (limited places available)   
FREE talk

The Museum will mark this important event in Royal Air Force history with a special talk entitled - 'Operation Chastise - 70 years on, the successful failure'.

Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently known as the "Dambusters", using a specially developed "bouncing bomb".

During this talk, subjects covered will include:

  • The effects of the raid on the German industry.
  • Propaganda - how Britain boasted of their success, whilst Germany played down the raids.
  • The dampened morale amongst German citizens and troops.
  • A slide show of images from the Museum's archive collection, some previously unseen will be shown.
The Bouncing BombThis event is free of charge and will last approximately 1 hour. The talk will commence at 5:15pm in the Museum's Auditorium and visitors are advised to arrive at 5:00pm ready to be seated.

Also on display over the Dambusters Anniversary will be specially commissioned Airfix models. The display will include 19 Airfix 1:72 scale Lancaster’s and a Wellington bomber, depicting the Dambusters Raid.  These have been kindly donated by Airfix and built by the Shropshire Modellers' Club.  

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be supporting this event with a Lancaster and two Spitfires flypast.  Flypast time is to be confirmed.

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