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The Dambusters 70 Years On

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 17 May 2013

Dermot O'Leary and Jeremy Vine present a special Friday Night is Music Night commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid. The iconic story will be re-told with music from the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Central Band of the RAF, live at Biggin Hill Airport. The evening will also feature drama and special messages from veterans and Barnes Wallis' daughter. Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May 2013 mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid - an operation which changed the course of the Second World War. Nineteen Lancaster Bombers, each carrying the 'Bouncing Bomb', took off from Lincolnshire to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley at the heart of Germany's war-machine. The crews came from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Eight aircraft didn't return. In total, 133 airmen took part in the raid, 53 of them died. In Germany almost 2000 lives were lost as a result of the dams being breached.
This programme was first broadcast on the 17th May 2013.

Music Played

20 items
  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Anniversary Overture Op.99

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Dambusters Theme

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon English Idyll No. 1

  • Image for RAF SQUADRONAIRES dir by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs

    RAF SQUADRONAIRES dir by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs In The Mood

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Dambusters Underscore (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

  • Image for Jacqui Dankworth/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Jacqui Dankworth/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Silver Wings In The Moonlight

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Ride Of The Valkyries

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Florida Suite No. 2 (By The River)

  • Image for The Military Wives/Central Band Of The Raf/BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon

    The Military Wives/Central Band Of The Raf/BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon Wherever You Are

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon 7 Th Symphony Mvt 2

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Sospiri

  • Image for Gabrielle Aplin/Central Band Of The Raf/BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon

    Gabrielle Aplin/Central Band Of The Raf/BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon Underneath The Stars

  • Image for Central Band Of The Raf / BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon

    Central Band Of The Raf / BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon Sword And Crown

  • Image for Central Band of The RAF CB: Wing Cmmdr D Stubbs

    Central Band of The RAF CB: Wing Cmmdr D Stubbs Barnes Wallis March

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Battle In The Air

  • Image for Central Band of The RAF CB: Wing Cmmdr D Stubbs

    Central Band of The RAF CB: Wing Cmmdr D Stubbs Elegy On An Raf Theme

  • Image for Emer Macparland / Andy Vinter (Piano)

    Emer Macparland / Andy Vinter (Piano) Lili Marlene

  • Image for Jacqui Dankworth/BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon

    Jacqui Dankworth/BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon Enigma Variations No. 9 Nimrod

  • Image for Central Band Of The Raf / BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon

    Central Band Of The Raf / BBC Concert Orchestra Cb Mike Dixon The Dambusters March

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