Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Dambusters mission recreated in Peak District

Dambusters mission recreated in Peak District

An interesting little piece here to do with the famous Dambusters raid of 1943. Fascinating to see these Blades chaps recreate the run using modern GPS and whatnot, knowing that the original pilots of 617 Squadron had nothing more advanced than a compass and a ruler to work with! It just reinforces the amazing skill the crews of the Lancasters displayed that night; not forgetting they were flying in the dark, only feet above the water, under heavy fire in large, unwieldy bombers. Such feats will live in the hearts of men forever. I shall look forward to seeing the documentary mentioned as being shown in the autumn (I had no idea that actor Martin Shaw could fly as well - is there anything the fellow cannot turn his hand to?!). In the meantime I feel an urge to watch the 1955 film coming on - I highly recommend it, if you haven't seen it (or even if you have!).

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