Dams Raid Story
FLYING TO THE DAMS - Low Level
P/O Burpee and crew.
Five Lancasters were lost en-route to the Dams. Sgt. Byers was hit by flak and crashed as he reached the enemy coast. F/L Astell and F/L Barlow struck high-tension lines. P/O Burpee and P/O Ottley were shot down by flak.
Two aircraft returned to base without reaching the enemy coast. P/O Rice flew so low that his aircraft struck the sea tearing off part of the Lancaster's belly and his weapon. F/L Munro's aircraft was struck by flak. His radios and intercom systems were knocked out so he was forced to return to base.
"P/O Burpee was about a mile and a half off the north coast. They opened up on him and he blew up over the airport. So I knew we had one less."
"Right under the bloody thing!"
"Ottley was on my starboard side and they hit him. He immediately blew up. His tanks went first and then his store (bomb) . . .the whole valley was just one orange ball."
"I'm sorry boys. We've had it."
"Hopgood had been hit himself -in the head- and blood was pouring out of the wound, but he yelled to the engineer, 'Carry on and don't worry.'"
Bomber Command Museum of Canada