Guy Gibson and the Dambuster raid found in R.A.F. Operations Record Books

It was seventy-eight years ago this week on the 16th May 1943 that the legendary bouncing bombs of Operation Chastise were released against the Ruhr dams in Germany by a newly formed No 617 Squadron of the R.A.F. In charge was a young pilot named Guy Gibson – a hugely experienced bomber pilot despite his age of just 24. Continue reading...

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RAF Operations Record Books for the Dambusters squadron go online 14th May 2021

We are marking the anniversary of the famous Royal Air Force Dambusters raid on the Ruhr Valley dams in May 1943 by releasing over 1.55 million fully searchable records in the RAF Operations Record Books (ORBs), including those ORBs for the famous No 617 Squadron, giving an insight into their lives.

To find out more about these records, read Nick Thorne’s article: Guy Gibson and the dambuster raid found in RAF Record Books

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  • Fully search these National Archives records and images
  • Bringing the total to over 6.74 million records, these new diary-like RAF documents paint a picture of the goings-on in a squadron on a day-to-day basis for those units under British control.

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    Guy Gibson and the Dambuster raid found in R.A.F. Operations Record Books

    It was seventy-eight years ago this week on the 16th May 1943 that the legendary bouncing bombs of Operation Chastise were released against the Ruhr dams in Germany by a newly formed No 617 Squadron of the R.A.F. In charge was a young pilot named Guy Gibson – a hugely experienced bomber pilot despite his age of just 24. Continue reading...

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    Nick - Navigation
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