Dams Raid Story
THE MOHNE DAM - Success but "Hoppy" is Lost
As Gibson flew beside him to draw some of the enemy's fire, F/L Martin released his weapon but it veered off course. However the Lancasters piloted by S/L H.M. Young and F/L David Maltby placed their bouncing bombs perfectly and the dam crumbled. W/C Gibson then led the remaining aircraft to the Eder Dam.
"I'll fly across the dam as you make your run and try and draw the flak off you."
"The crown of the wall was already crumbling. . .there was a breach in the centre."
"Our load sent up water and mud to a height of a thousand feet. The spout of water was silhouetted against the moon. It rose with tremendous speed and then gently fell back."
"I have vivid memories of seeing a huge sheet of water as the dam gave way."
"Again the lake quaked and a gigantic wave came over the wall. The wall had been breached and relentlessly the water began to run into the valley. The planes banked away."
"I came (to the Mohne Dam) from Balve five hours after the raid. . .I stopped the car and realized there was no water. I realized that something terrible must have happened . . .There was a big hole in the wall."
Bomber Command Museum of Canada