By John Nichol
Former RAF twister Navigator and Gulf conflict veteran John Nichol units out on a private trip to find what occurred to 617 Squadron after the flood.
The function RAF 617 Squadron within the destruction of the dams on the center of the commercial Ruhr has been celebrated in ebook, journal and movie for greater than seventy years.
On the seventeenth may well 1943, 133 airmen set out in 19 Lancasters to wreck the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe dams. fifty six of them didn't go back. regardless of those catastrophic losses, the raid grew to become an immense propaganda triumph. The survivors have been feted as heroes and have become celebrities in their time.
They have been introduced jointly for one particular activity – so what occurred subsequent? Of the seventy seven males who made it domestic from that raid, 32 might lose their lives later within the struggle and in simple terms forty five survived to determine the victory for which they fought.
Few are conscious of the level of the Dambuster squadron’s operations after the Dams Raid. They turned the ‘go to’ squadron for expert precision assaults, shedding the biggest bombs ever equipped on battleships, railway bridges, mystery weapon institutions, rockets websites and U-boat building pens. They have been concerned with makes an attempt at the lives of enemy leaders, either Hitler and Mussolini, created a ‘false fleet’ on D-day which fooled the Germans, and knocked out a German great gun which might have rained six hundred shells an hour on London.
In ‘After The Flood’, John Nichol retraces the trail of 617 Squadron’s most threatening sorties as their acceptance known as them into motion back and again.