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16 May 1943: the second flight of the first wave of specially modified Lancaster bombers from 617 squadron to cross the North Sea at extremely low level bound for the Ruhr dams in Germany in Operation Chastise was led by Squadron Leader Melvin “Dinghy” Young in ED887/G AJ-A. On his right, F/L David Shannon in ED929/G AJ-L. On his left, F/L David Maltby in ED906/G AJ-J. Young and his crew would not return, crashing into the sea after being hit by flak, on their way home from successfully cracking the Mohne Dam.


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