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Dambusters Raid (16 May 1943) with Hugh Macdonald-Buchanan

87 minutes

Per Ardua ad Astra

1. Genesis 2. The People 3. The Plan - Operation Chastise 4. Aftermath

On the night of 16th May 1943, 133 men of the Royal Air Force, in 19 Lancaster Bombers, flew a daring mission to destroy the Dams in Germany’s Ruhr valley. Flying at night, at low level, these intrepid men destroyed 2 out of 3 of the dams. 1,300 where killed on the ground. 8 out of the 19 bombers didn’t return. 3 airmen were taken prisoner. Of the 133 men who took part in the Dam Buster’s Raid, 53 were killed.

This is perhaps the most famous story of a bombing mission in WW2.

I first heard today’s guest give a terrific description Op Chastise at the Turf Club a couple of years ago, and I’m very pleased he is with us today in person. Welcome back to the podcast, Hugh Macdonald-Buchanan.

and so it goes,

Tom Assheton & James Jackson

Reference & Readings:

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson

Bomber Harris by Henry Probart

Hugh Macdonald-Buchanan

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