021593 - DAMBUSTERS: FAILED TO RETURN
By Robert Owen, Steve Darlow, Sean Feast, Arthur Thorning
On the night of 16/17 May 1943 a select group of young RAF Bomber Command airmen carried out one of the most audacious and daring low level raids of the Second World War. Nineteen aircrews of No.617 Squadron, flying modified Avro Lancasters, each armed with a 'bouncing bomb', were detailed to attack specific dams, viewed as essential to Germany's war effort. Two were indeed breached in an extraordinary display of skill and courage, but at a cost of eight Lancasters lost. Of the 56 airmen flying these aircraft, 53 were killed and 3 were captured. On 13 May 2013 Fighting High publishes DamBusters Failed to Return, a new book commemorating the lives of some of the Bomber Command aircrew lost on the legendary Dam Busters raid seventy years ago. Drawing upon family archives, official documents, wartime memoirs and letters, flying logbooks, and relative and witness recollections, and illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs and documents, notable historians have pieced together the extraordinary, gripping, yet ultimately tragic stories of these select young men.
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