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The Dambusters (Flip Book)

Come face to face with the tests for the ‘bouncing bomb’ in this scene reproduced from IWM’s film archive.

On the night of 16–17 May 1943, Wing Commander Guy Gibson led 617 squadron of the Royal Air Force on an audacious bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, the industrial heartland of Germany. The mission was codenamed Operation ‘Chastise’. The dams were fiercely protected. Torpedo nets in the water stopped underwater attacks and anti-aircraft guns defended them against enemy bombers. But 617 Squadron had a secret weapon: the ‘bouncing bomb’.

Using rare archival footage from IWM’s unique collection, use this flip book to recreate the tests for the bouncing bomb, as the iconic Lancaster tries to perfect the technique for the famous raid.

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