Mon, June 21st, 2018
Saturday 7.55pm - 9.15pm, Channel 5
The incredible raid on the Mohne, Edersee and Sorpe dams, known as Operation CHASTISE was designed to the fight to the industrial heartland of the Ruhr and Eder Valley’s. On the night of the 16th May 1943, 19 Lancaster bombers departed RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, only 11 aircraft returned, 53 aircrew lost their lives and 3 were taken as POW. The raids however were deemed a success, they breached deep into German territory and delivered Barnes Wallis’ famous ‘bouncing bomb’, breaching 2 of the dams and damaging the 3rd.