The Dambusters: 70 Years On
Dan Snow presents from RAF Scampton, a tribute to the daring Dambusters raid. On the night of 16th May 1943, nineteen Lancaster bombers took off on a mission of courage and ingenuity, their plan was to drop the newly invented bouncing bombs on to German dams in order to flood the industrial heart of the Nazi war machine.
Seventy years on, veterans and their families gather to remember the raid and the bravery of the 133 men who undertook it. Tributes include Tornado jets from the current 617 Squadron, Spitfires and a Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain flying in to RAF Scampton, the home of the Dambusters, plus the Queen's Colour Squadron and the College Band of the RAF end the commemoration with a Sunset Ceremony.
Dambusters: All the men who took part
How effective was the raid?