A low-flying aircraft, faced with an onslaught of flak, releases a cylindrical, back-spinning bomb that bounces across the water, against a dam, and succeeds in destroying it. Operation Chastise has captured the imagination of generations since its completion on the May 17, 1943, but few know that the same squadron was also involved in many of the most daring and devastating air attacks of the war, taking on the targets deemed too difficult, too well-defended, and too strong for regular squadrons. Over the next two years, this one squadron went on to sink the battleship Tirpitz, demolish impregnable U-boat pens, and smash deadly V-weapon sites. They pioneered new methods of attack and target marking, and forever erased the RAF’s reputation for inaccuracy.
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