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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.

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1 hour

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Sun 2 Jun 2013 18:00
BBC Two except Scotland

Dambusters: All the men who took part

Dambusters: All the men who took part
A daring World War II night time raid on three dams in the early hours of 17 May 1943 immortalised the RAF's 617 Squadron as the "Dambusters". These are the brave men who took part in the perilous mission.

How effective was the raid?

How effective was the raid?
At the time many argued it was only a propaganda victory. It was much more than that, writes historian Dan Snow.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterDan Snow
ProducerJulie Heptonstall
DirectorIan Russell