Crews of No 106 Squadron photographed in front of Lancaster ZN-B R5573, at Syerston, Nottinghamshire, on the morning after the raids on Genoa, 22-23 October 1942. "Fourth from the right is Australian Flight Officer David John Shannon, a future 'Dambuster' and leading light of No 617 Squadron." (IWM)
The crew board their Avro Lancaster, ED932/G, for the Dams raid. Left to right: Flight Lieutenant R D Trevor-Roper DEM; Sergeant J Pulford; Flight Sergeant G A Deering RCAF; Pilot Officer F M Spafford DFM RAAF; Flight Lieutenant R E G Hutchison DFC; Wing Commander Guy Gibson; Pilot Officer H T Taerum RCAF.
Aircrew and ground staff of No. 467 Squadron, RAAF at RAF Waddington, UK, celebrate the completion of 100 operations by the Avro Lancaster ‘S for Sugar’ after its sortie on 11 – 12 May 1944 to a communications target in Belgium.
617 Squadron, RAF, “The Dambusters” was a single squadron formed during the Second World War to carry out a single special and dangerous task. That operation “Chastise” has since become a legend in the annals of military history and it possess all the traditionally admired military attributes of originality, surprise and heroism coupled with a very dramatic outcome. Operation Chastise has in many ways overshadowed the later exploits of the men who formed the squadron. #aviationpilotuniform