Operation chastise – 65 today



On the night of 16th/17th of May, 1943, 19 modified Lancaster bombers of 617 squadron took of from R.A.F Scampton to carry out Operation Chastise, the destruction of the dams in Germany’s industrial Ruhr valley.

The only survivor of the raid, Les Munro, is in England for the celebrations today which will include a fly past by one of the only two remaining air worthy Lancasters.

Peter Jackson is set to produce a new film based on the raid and now would be a good time for the new Mayor of London to remind the population that they need to fill the last plinth in Trafalga Square and the candidate is a good one.

And thats what we call a Kiwi trifecta.


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