On Demand Tour: Dambusters – Operation Chastise – 1943

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 19 reviews)


Battlefield Guide – Dr Rob Owen

Tour Manager – Gareth Edwards

Tour length about 75 min

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During the spring of 1943 RAF Bomber Command engaged in a major campaign to deprive the German war machine of its major source of armament production. Over a five month period 43 major raids were mounted against the industries of the Ruhr.  In the midst of this campaign, on the night of 16/17 May 1943, a force of 19 Lancasters of No. 617 Squadron carried out the daring and unique Operation Chastise – the breaching of the Mohne and Eder Dams.  Executed in moonlight at extremely low level, in the face of fierce opposition and utilising an extraordinary weapon, the Dams Raid has been described as the greatest feat of arms ever executed by the RAF. This tour examines the targets for this operation and the challenges facing the aircrew.  It explores their airmanship, skill and courage along with the results they achieved, whilst recognising the high price paid by both sides.

19 reviews for On Demand Tour: Dambusters – Operation Chastise – 1943

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 19 reviews)
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Rated 4 out of 5
January 2, 2022

Great experience overall. I really enjoyed the flight simulation to illustrate the raid. I would enjoy more maps that reflect the historical battlefields in addition to the modern Google Earth maps.

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Thank you for the suggestion, we will take that on board.

Rated 5 out of 5
January 2, 2022

Excellent and enthralling tour, even if you know something about the subject already. The additional tech of using a Lancaster flight simulator added a new and informative dimension to our understanding.

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Dave Clark
Rated 5 out of 5
January 2, 2022

For this Operation Chastise tour I loved the use of the Flight Simulator to really emphasis just how difficult the task was for these young men. Great to see the continued use of innovative technology to tell a story. Thanks again.

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Rated 5 out of 5
January 2, 2022

A great account of the Raid; what a pity that the repair work on the dams was not harassed with further, limited conventional raids several months later, given their strategic importance. James

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James Vestey
Rated 5 out of 5
January 2, 2022

Dr Robert Owens is an authority on this raid and the use of visuals, especially of the virtual cockpit really highlighted some of the considerable difficulties the aircraft crew had to overcome to make their bomb runs.

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