The legacy of the Dambusters

More than 70 years on from the famed raid on the German dams, Richard Morris examines why the mission continues to pervade the national consciousness

A crew of Dambusters pictured together in c1943. The famed Dambusters raid, Operation Chastise, was an RAF attempt to breach German dams and so "deprive Ruhr industry, and the Mittelland Canal of water, over the longest period of time possible". (Royal Air Force Official Photographer/ IWM via Getty Images)

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