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Aerial reconnaissance photo over Möhne Dam, showing flooding, Soest, Westfalen-Süd, Germany, late 17 May or 18 May 1943Möhne Dam breached after the previous day
Aerial reconnaissance photo over Möhne Dam, showing flooding, Soest, Westfalen-Süd, Germany, late 17 May or 18 May 1943Möhne Dam breached after the previous day's RAF attack, 18 May 1943; photo taken by Flying Officer Jerry Fray of No. 542 Squadron from his Spitfire PR IX aircraft
Air Vice Marshal Ralph Cochrane, Wing Commander Guy Gibson, King George VI, and Group Captain John Whitworth discussing Dambusters Raid at St Vincents Hall, headquarters of No. 5 Group RAF Bomber Command, Grantham, England, United Kingdom, 27 May 1943King George VI speaking with Flight Lieutenant Les Munro, observed by Wing Commander Guy Gibson and Air Vice Marshal Ralph Cochrane, Scampton, England, United Kingdom, 27 May 1943
Air Vice Marshal Ralph Cochrane, Wing Commander Guy Gibson, King George VI, and Group Captain John Whitworth discussing Dambusters Raid at St Vincents Hall, headquarters of No. 5 Group RAF Bomber Command, Grantham, England, United Kingdom, 27 May 1943King George VI speaking with Flight Lieutenant Les Munro, observed by Wing Commander Guy Gibson and Air Vice Marshal Ralph Cochrane, Scampton, England, United Kingdom, 27 May 1943
Damaged Möhnesee dam, Germany, late May 1943; note barrage balloonDamaged Möhnesee dam, viewed from a short distance down the Möhne River, Germany, late May 1943
Damaged Möhnesee dam, Germany, late May 1943; note barrage balloonDamaged Möhnesee dam, viewed from a short distance down the Möhne River, Germany, late May 1943
A disarmed
A disarmed 'bouncing bomb' on display at the Duxford Imperial War Museum,Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom, Feb 2005
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