ref Dambusters

Discussion in 'General' started by robin bird, May 13, 2018.

  1. robin bird

    robin bird Well-Known Member

    Do any photographs of Wellington BJ895 exist other than in period trials of the bouncing bomb and subsequent film The Dambusters?
  2. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    'Fraid I couldn't see much, but for the sake of the title - re. "ref Dambusters" ;-)

    From google: Wellington "BJ895" - Google Search

    And for images: Wellington "BJ895" - Google Search

    Leading to links like:

    Aircraft accidents in Yorkshire.

    &: Accident Vickers Wellington Mk III BJ895, 24 Jul 1946

    Though, I assume that you have already seen these sites?

    As well as:


    Link to the IWM: Search objects | Imperial War Museums

    I saw recently that this BBC TV episode called "Dam Busters Declassified" is due to be repeated on Wednesday 16th May at 22:30


    BBC Two - Dam Busters Declassified

    Martin Shaw takes a fresh look at one of the most famous war stories of them all. The actor, himself a pilot, takes to the skies to retrace the route of the 1943 raid by 617 Squadron which used bouncing bombs to destroy German dams. He sheds new light on the story as he separates the fact from the myth behind this tale of courage and ingenuity.

    Using the 1955 movie The Dam Busters as a vehicle to deconstruct the raid, he tries to piece together a picture of perhaps the most daring attack in the history of aviation warfare.

    Along the way, Shaw hears from the last RAF veteran of the raid, as well as a German survivor of the tsunami which resulted from the Moehne dam's destruction.

    And the radio Iplayer has: BBC World Service - Witness, The Dambusters Raid

    The Dambusters Raid

    In 1943, the Royal Air Force attacked a set of dams in Germany's Ruhr valley which were considered indestructible. Flying low and at night, the crews used special bouncing bombs to bring down two of their targets. The Dambusters mission was a huge propaganda success for Britain and later inspired a famous film. In 2013, Simon Watts talked to Johnny Johnson, one of the few survivors of the raid.

    PHOTO: Johnny Johnson (far left) with the rest of 617 squadron (DAMBUSTERS) at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, 22 JULY 1943 (Imperial War Museum).
    Last edited: May 13, 2018
  3. robin bird

    robin bird Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the feedback. It is a photograph of the actual Chester built Wellington that I am after. I know about the crash and after the bouncing bombs trials it went to the MAEE in Scotland as a trials aircraft.

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