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The Dam Buster Raid (Hardback)

A Reappraisal, 70 Years On

Aviation Dambusters

By Alan Cooper
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781781594742
Published: 26th June 2013

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Seventy years ago, 133 airmen of 617 Squadron, later known as the Dambusters, set out to destroy the Ruhr Dams in Germany. This one operation amongst many carried out by Bomber Command has become one of the most well known in the whole history of WWII. Indeed, a very successful film was made about it which became a classic, etching the dramatic events of the Dambuster raids in the minds of young and old alike. The book covers every facet of this enthralling episode.

It also works as a poignant tribute to the 53 men who were killed on the operation, as well as the men who returned from the operation but were later killed on further sorties with 617 and other squadrons. Cooper brings together various narrative threads, focussing on stories recorded in document form and acquired on a first-hand basis to give a real insight into the daily operations of the squadron.

[Contains] useful material on the losses in the raid and on the post-raid fates of the survivors.

History of War

Author Alan Cooper has returned to the story of the attacks, the development of the famous 'bouncing bomb' and the ongoing discussion on the merits and achievements of the raid with this new 216-page hardback. He provides a solid overview of all aspects of the May 16/17 operation. To his credit he has not been tempted into the post-raid controversy, but presents the facts and leaves the reader to reach their own conclusions. A listing of aircraft involved, their pilots and fate, plus a comprehensive index, add to the book's usefulness. Many of the well-known dams raid photographs are included among the book's black and white illustrations, along with a selection from the author's own archive, adding depth to the post-raid story.

Aviation News

“A listing of aircraft involved, their pilots and fate, plus a comprehensive index, add to the book's usefulness and the author has included a fine section on memorials to the lost crews, anniversary commemorations and other artefacts.”
“Many of the well-known dams raid photographs are included among the book's black and white illustrations, along with a selection from the author's own archive, adding depth to the post-raid story”

Flight Bag

A listing of aircraft involved, their pilots and fate, plus a comprehensive index, add to the book's usefulness and the author has included a fine section on memorials to the lost crews, anniversary commemorations and other artefacts.
Many of the well-known dams raid photographs are included among the book's black and white illustrations, along with a selection from the author's own archive, adding depth to the post-raid story.

Flight Bag
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