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Book Description
Evans Brothers, London, 1951. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Endpapers a little browned, blue cloth. Jacket not clipped, Lightly chipped to the extremities. 269 pages, Black & White illustrations. Classic account of No 617 squadron during second world war. Signed by the last surviving pilot from the raid, Les Munro and 7 others in pencil on the front of the half title page. Les Munro - Chastise Ken Jenkinson - Tirpitz Johnny Johnson - Chastise John Bell - Taxable (D-day) Benny Goodman - Tirpitz Ken Lucas - Chastise (Ground-crew) Basil Fish - Tirpitz Raymond Graystone - Chastise
Dealer Notes
Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, later called the Dam Busters, using a purpose-built "bouncing bomb" developed by Barnes Wallis. The Möhne and Edersee dams were breached, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley; the Sorpe Dam sustained only minor damage. Two hydroelectric power stations were destroyed and several more damaged. Factories and mines were also damaged and destroyed. An estimated 1,600 civilians – about 600 Germans and 1,000 mainly Soviet forced labourers – died. Despite rapid repairs by the Germans, production did not return to normal until September.

The squadron was divided into three formations.

Formation No. 1 was composed of nine aircraft in three groups (listed by pilot): Gibson, Hopgood and Flt Lt H. B. "Micky" Martin (an Australian serving in the RAF); Young, Flt Lt David Maltby and Flt Lt Dave Shannon (RAAF); and Maudslay, Flt Lt Bill Astell and Pilot Officer Les Knight (RAAF). Its mission was to attack the Möhne; any aircraft with bombs remaining would then attack the Eder.

Formation No. 2, numbering five aircraft, piloted by Flt Lt Joe McCarthy (an American serving in the RCAF), P/O Vernon Byers (RCAF), Flt Lt Norman Barlow (RAAF), P/O Geoff Rice[6] and Flt Lt Les Munro (RNZAF), was to attack the Sorpe.
Author Paul Brickhill
Date 1951
Binding Cloth
Publisher Evans Brothers
Illustrator N/A
Condition Very Good
Pages 269

Price: £450.00

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