RAF Lancaster bomber flying over Derwent Dam
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Dambusters flypast commemorates 70th anniversary

A Lancaster bomber and Spitfire, accompanied by two Tornadoes, have taken part in a flypast over Derwent reservoir to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raids.

The reservoir was one of the sites where pilots practised dangerous low-flying ahead of their mission 70 years ago.

More than a third of the men never returned from the raids, which required them to fly only 60 feet above ground, and only one of the 133 pilots - 96-year-old Les Munro - is still alive.

  • 16 May 2013
  • From the section UK
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