Dambusters 75th Anniversary – Simon Weston in Conversation with George ‘Johnny’ Johnson MBE, Britain’s Last Remaining Dambuster

There were many important raids carried out by Allied crews against the Axis powers during World War II but few have captured the imagination of the public like Operation Chastise. Carried out by the specially formed No.617 Squadron flying the Avro Lancaster and led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, the operation aimed to breach the Edersee, Möhne and Sorpe dams which would result in the catastrophic flooding of the strategically important Ruhr Valley.

In order to breach the dams, the Lancasters utilised the now famous “bouncing bomb” designed by the gifted engineer Barnes Wallis. As its name suggests, this weapon bounced on the surface of the water over the defensive torpedo nets the Germans had laid before hitting the dam wall. It then dropped down to the base of the dam where it exploded for maximum effectiveness. Deploying the weapon was extremely dangerous for the crews who had to fly at just 60ft above the water at the time of release or the weapon would fail. Afterwards, No.617 squadron would forever be remembered as “the dam busters”.

While historians continue to debate the success of the mission, few would deny the boost it gave to British and Allied morale in those dark days. May 16th 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of this incredible mission.

Filmed at the Royal Air Force Museum, Falklands War Veteran Simon Weston CBE talks with George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, the last remaining member of the dambusters about his experience during Operations Chastise.


News Round-up – February 26th 2018

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Here are some of the latest British military news stories making the headlines this past week.

General Defence News

Helpline for troops battling ‘devastating’ mental health issues
(BBC News)

MP Nigel Huddleston visits Falkland Islands as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme
(Evesham Observer)

UK Government Minister received briefing on suspension of SNP councillor from MoD job
(Herald Scotland)

British Army News

MP’s anger as Army officer faces eighth investigation over Iraqi death
(Devon Live)

British Troops Join Estonia’s 100 Years Of Independence Celebrations
(Forces Network)

A fifth of British troops are too unfit to fight, warns former Armed Forces chief

Anthrax Vaccine Expansion For British Military ‘Being Considered’
(Forces Network)

This LAD Is Walking From Glasgow To London To Help Struggling Soldiers

Royal Air Force News

RAF spy planes monitor Vladimir Putin missiles as tensions between Russia and Britain soar

Aberdeen flight in near-miss with RAF fighter jet
(Aberdeen Evening Express)

New 4K Restoration of “The Dam Busters” to be screened to celebrate 75 years since Operation: Chastise

Lagan Construction administration will not affect work at RAF Marham
(Norfolk Eastern Daily Press)

RAF Marks 75 Years of Mountain Rescue
(Forces Network)

Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy Escort Sparks Debate Over Capabilities
(The Maritime Executive)

HMS Forth To Arrive In Portsmouth
(Forces Network)

Rolls-Royce to deliver propellers and mission bay system for UK Type 26 GCS
(Naval Technology)

Cammell Laird and BAE outline Royal Navy frigate proposals
(Insider Media)

Birmingham Royal Marines receive Freedom of City

Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.