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The Eder was the largest dam in western Germany. There were no anti-aircraft defences but the geography made it a very difficult target. On his fifth attempt F/L Shannon was able to fly into the appropriate position. He released his weapon and reported that he had seen a small breach in the wall. S/L Maudsley then attacked. His weapon was released late, struck the dam without bouncing on the water, and exploded as the Lancaster passed immediately overhead. It is thought that the aircraft suffered significant damage but was able to head back to Scampton. Following Maudsley's attack, F/L Knight released his weapon accurately and the Eder was breached.