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Dambusters Raid

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The Lancaster, designed by Roy Chadwick, was the only aircraft capable of delivering the weapon. The mid-upper gun turret and bomb bay doors were removed and the mounting and spin-motor for the weapon were installed. As well two lamps were fitted on the bottom of the fuselage and oriented so that their beams intersected at an altitude of sixty feet.

The idea was not immediately accepted. However, Wallis's concept, backed by his extensive testing, had reached the highest levels and at the end of February, 1943, Winston Churchill himself ordered that a raid on the German Dams be prepared. Time was of the essence, as the attack had to be launched during the full moon in May, when the water level in the reservoirs was at its highest.








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