Monday, August 11, 2014

The Dam Busters Declassified

THE DAMBUSTERS  (617 Squadron)

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the story of a major top secret operation conducted in 1943 during the Second World War and after which the names of the men of Royal Air Force Squadron No. 617 would be written into history and legend as the - "Dambusters".

For your viewing pleasure we present the documentary Dambusters Declassified presented by veteran actor Martin Shaw, known for his roles in the television series The Professionals, The Chief, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently.

Martin Shaw takes a fresh look at one of the most famous war stories of them all. The actor, himself a pilot, takes to the skies to retrace the route of the 1943 raid by 617 Squadron which used bouncing bombs to destroy German dams. He sheds new light on the story as he separates the fact from the myth behind this tale of courage and ingenuity.

Using the 1955 movie The Dam Busters as a vehicle to deconstruct the raid, he tries to piece together a picture of perhaps the most daring attack in the history of aviation warfare. 

Air Vice-Marshal Ralph Cochrane, Wing Commander Guy Gibson, King George VI and Group Captain John Whitworth discussing the Dambuster Raid in May 1943.

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" invented and 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, while the Sorpe dam sustained only minor damage.

The Dam Busters (1955) is available on DVD from and

Dambusters Declassified Documentary

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