Today, 16th May, is the 70th Anniversary of the legendary Dambuster raids, where the ingenous, Barnes Wallis designed ‘Bouncing Bomb’ was deployed to cause devastation to German manufacturing.
133 British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand aircrew went into action and 56 of them never came back, equating to the loss of 8 Lancaster aircaft from the 19 sent out on the raids.
Whilst there are many events taking place around the country marking this signifcant anniversary of probably the most famous of raids, it is worth noting that YAM of course pays tribute to this daring mission every day, with the permanent display on the topic contained within our Pioneers of Aviation exhibition. A large part of this covers the work of Sir Barnes Wallis and the Dambuster display incorporates a dramatic interpretation of a full size Upkeep mine, as it would be suspended under a Lancaster’s fuselage.
So, YAM is a good place to come and learn more about the Dambusters Raids, and see our Facebook page for a taster of what is contained within the exhibition.