Dambusters - Operation Chastise 1943

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In May 1943, a specially established RAF squadron made its permanent imprint on military aviation history by flying a high-risk, low-level, nighttime attack against German hydro-electric dams vital to the Nazi armaments industry in the Ruhr Valley. A comparatively tiny part of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris' four-month-long "Battle of the Ruhr," this one raid had an impact totally out of proportion to the small number of aircraft involved. It highlights the synergy of science and technology, weapons ...
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Overview

In May 1943, a specially established RAF squadron made its permanent imprint on military aviation history by flying a high-risk, low-level, nighttime attack against German hydro-electric dams vital to the Nazi armaments industry in the Ruhr Valley. A comparatively tiny part of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris' four-month-long "Battle of the Ruhr," this one raid had an impact totally out of proportion to the small number of aircraft involved. It highlights the synergy of science and technology, weapons development and production, mission planning and practice, and the unflinching courage in the execution of a highly dangerous bombing raid. Furthermore, it established a legend that still resonates today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846039348
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Raid Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 824,714
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Dildy is a retired US Air Force (USAF) colonel who spent nine of his 26-year career in Western Europe and retired with approximately 3,200 hours of fast jet time, almost half of that as an F-15 Eagle pilot. As commander of the 32d Fighter Squadron, Soesterberg AB, NL, he enforced the No-Fly-Zone over Iraq acquiring over 100 hours of combat time in the F-15, making him an expert on F-15 employment, especially in operations over Iraq.
Dildy is a USAF Academy graduate with a degree in history and attended the US Armed Forces Staff College and USAF Air War College. Additionally he has a Masters Degree in Political Science.

As part of his formal military education, he authored several campaign studies. He has also authored several articles for notable US aviation history magazines, including pieces on the Dutch, Danish and Norwegian air arms' defense against the German invasions of 1940. He is a regular contributor to the amateur modeling magazine Small Air Forces Observer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Origins 6

Target: the Ruhr 6

Now 'go away and play while we get on with the war' 9

Initial Strategy and Weapons Development 12

The 'earthquake bomb' 12

The 'bouncing bomb' 14

Project Upkeep 15

Plan and Practice 19

The men 19

The training 22

The aircraft 26

The weapon 28

The targets 29

The plan 31

'The longest briefing I ever attended' 32

The Raid 35

Diversionary force departs first: 2128-2201 35

Main force departs: 2139-2159 39

Main force attacks Möhne Dam: 0028-0049 41

'T-for-Tommy' attacks the Sorpe Dam: 0046 50

Main force attacks Eder Dam: 0130-0152 51

Reserve force Launches: 0009-0300 55

Reserve force attacks: 0300-0341 61

Return to base: 0200-0615 63

Analysis 67

At the tactical level 67

At the operational level 68

At the strategic level 69

The final analysis 70

Conclusion 72

Bibliography 74

Appendix 76

Index 80

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