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Dambusters first wave by Gary Eason + Flight Artworks

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16 May 1943: Wing Commander Guy Gibson, flying AJ-G (“G – George”), leads the first wave of Lancaster bombers over occupied Holland on the way to bomb the Ruhr dams in Operation Chastise – the Dambusters raid. The first wave comprised three sections of three aircraft, 10 minutes apart. Here Gibson leads with AJ-M behind, piloted by John Hopgood, followed by AJ-A flown by Henry “Dinghy” Young.

The Upkeep depth charge or “bouncing bomb” is slung beneath the specially modified aircraft. The mission was flown at extremely low level and in bright moonlight.

NEWS UPDATE: this image has been bought by a publisher in Lincolnshire (“bomber county”) for use in a bookazine commemorating the 70th anniversary of the operation against the Ruhr dams in May 2013.

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 2 years ago

    Nicely presented Gary. Like it very much. – Ted

  • larry flewers
    larry flewersover 2 years ago

    this is brilliant

  • Kim Slater
    Kim Slaterover 2 years ago

    This is fantastic

  • imageworld
    imageworldover 2 years ago

    this is awesome, a very inspiring picture makes you wish we could time travel and take these in Picture format, love the composition, and the waythe it makes you feel, awesome picture love you

  • Thanks everybody. It’ll form part of a series in time for the 70th anniversary (hopefully!)

    – Gary Eason + Flight Artworks

  • Gary Eason + Flight Artworks
    Gary Eason + F...about 2 years ago

    Thanks to my latest print buyer – much appreciated.

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 2 years ago

    Superb !!!!

  • Gary Eason + Flight Artworks
    Gary Eason + F...over 1 year ago

    NEWS UPDATE: a version of this image was published in a Dambusters special magazine by Morton Media Group, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the operation against the Ruhr dams in May 2013.

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