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Dambusters - Operation Chastise 1943 (Raid)

Dambusters - Operation Chastise 1943 (Raid) [Kindle Edition]

Doug Dildy
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In May 1943 a specially established RAF squadron made its permanent imprint on military aviation history by flying a high-risk, low level, nighttime attack against German hydro-electric dams vital to the Nazi armaments industry in the Ruhr Valley. A comparatively tiny part of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris’ four-month-long “Battle of the Ruhr” the Dambuster raid had an impact totally out of proportion to the small number of aircraft involved. It highlights the synergy of science and technology, weapons development and production, mission planning and practice, and the unflinching courage in the execution of a highly dangerous bombing raid. Furthermore, it established a legend that still resonates today.

About the Author

Doug Dildy is a retired US Air Force (USAF) colonel who spent nine of his 26-year career in Western Europe and retired with approximately 3,200 hours of fast jet time, almost half of that as an F-15 Eagle pilot. As commander of the 32d Fighter Squadron, Soesterberg AB, NL, he enforced the No-Fly-Zone over Iraq acquiring over 100 hours of combat time in the F-15, making him an expert on F-15 employment, especially in operations over Iraq.
Dildy is a USAF Academy graduate with a degree in history and attended the US Armed Forces Staff College and USAF Air War College. Additionally he has a Masters Degree in Political Science.
As part of his formal military education, he authored several campaign studies. He has also authored several articles for notable US aviation history magazines, including pieces on the Dutch, Danish and Norwegian air arms' defense against the German invasions of 1940. He is a regular contributor to the amateur modeling magazine Small Air Forces Observer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 29952 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contains fascinating detail. 17 Dec 2010
In what often feels `now' like another lifetime, in a previous career in the British Army, I once occupied a splendid married quarter overlooking the Möhnesee and from where (in the winter months when the leaves had fallen) we could see the very structure made famous by the exploits of the Dambusters which is the subject of this book. I often took my family for a walk along the road which runs along the top of the dam and have two abiding memories from that time. Firstly, the original and very distinctive twin towers were still intact and secondly, the repaired dam wall was easily discernible against the original material.

As a scuba diving instructor based well inland in what was then Western Germany, we visited many of region's reservoirs - often in search of a mythical Lancaster bomber which we believed had crashed into the water. After many a fruitless search, 1977 was a year of such drought that all the reservoirs were reduced to a trickle of water which was not deep enough for any water sports. That dry summer, however, did allow us to survey each of those reservoirs and finally answer the question of whether or not a Lancaster aircraft existed. There were none. But I digress!

Another in a series of what might be described almost as "booklets" by Osprey Publishing, this one covers the subject of the Dambusters in fascinating detail and includes much that I did not know already. With refreshing insights into such pivotal personalities as Barnes Wallis and Guy Gibson plus additional details of each dam and the three-dimensional ground plan models with which the aircrews had to work and plan, this work answers a good many questions about one of the most successful air raids of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and exhaustive 1 Dec 2013
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No detail is too trivial for the enthusiast. The facts of the inspiration and technical excellence involved at all levels of this raid speak for themselves. The ultimate sacrifice made by almost half of the crews however was a shocking price to pay for the small dent it made in the German war machine. The success of the mission enabled Wallis's ideas to be taken seriously and the subsequent involvement of 617 Squadron in delivering his Tallboys and Grand Slams was even more vital strategically but in, terms of morale boosting, Operation Chastise is unsurpassed.
Should be compulsory reading for people who denigrate the achievements of Bomber Command.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A resonable read 12 Nov 2013
By Roy
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Wanted to read something of the Dam-busters raid on the 2013 anniversary and bought this. There is nothing wrong with the book and it is a good read but it left me wanting to know more - my plea perhaps would have been for a bit more detailed content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good and factual 29 Jun 2013
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good book recomend to all friends especially those who like me were mermbers of wartime aircrew''
Though I was never a member of 617, brought back memories
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