Reconnaissance Photos of the Damaged Dams

Damage to Möhne Dam
Damage to Sorpe Dam
Damage to Affoldern,
downstream from Eder Dam

Aerial reconnaissance photographs taken on 17 May 1943 by a Spitfire Mk. XI of 542 Squadron. The damage caused to the Möhne and Sorpe Dams, and the flooding experienced a few miles down-stream of the breached Eder Dam, in Affoldern, are clearly illustrated.

The dramatic effect of the flood damage shown in the photographs led to them being used extensively for propaganda purposes. 

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