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After the Flood: What the Dambusters Did Next by John Nichol

By John Nichol

In After The Flood, John Nichol retraces the trail of 617 Squadron’s most deadly sorties as their popularity known as them into motion back and again.

On the seventeenth may perhaps 1943, 133 airmen set out in 19 Lancasters to damage the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe dams. fifty six of them didn't go back. regardless of those catastrophic losses, the raid turned a tremendous propaganda triumph. The survivors have been feted as heroes and have become celebrities in their time.

They were introduced jointly for one particular activity – so what occurred subsequent? Of the seventy seven males who made it domestic from that raid, 32 might lose their lives later within the battle and in basic terms forty five survived to work out the victory for which they fought.

Few are conscious of the level of the Dambuster squadron’s operations after the Dams Raid. They turned the ‘go to’ squadron for expert precision assaults, shedding the biggest bombs ever equipped on battleships, railway bridges, mystery weapon institutions, rockets websites and U-boat building pens. They have been taken with makes an attempt at the lives of enemy leaders, either Hitler and Mussolini, created a ‘false fleet’ on D-day which fooled the Germans, and knocked out a German tremendous gun which might have rained six hundred shells an hour on London.

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Ringsum haben wir nichts als das Meer. Das Unberechenbare, das Abenteuer erwartet uns. - Es ist wunderbar, dieses Schiff unter den Füßen zu haben, unter einer Mannschaft handfester Kerls zu leben. Voraus ist der Himmel grau, als braue es sich da zusammen. Bald wird es dunkel werden. - DER NORMALTAG Unser Operationsgebiet liegt im Mittelatlantik. Es wird von zwei Zahlen bezeichnet, die auf der Seekarte aus all der gleichförmigen Bläue ein ganz bestimmtes Quadrat herausheben. Jeder gewöhnliche Dampfer hat einen Hafen zum Ziel.

Ich klettere wieder in meine Koje. Dicht neben meinem Ohr höre ich die See am Boot entlang tasten. Es ist ein langes an- und abschwellendes Schürfen und Rauschen. Manchmal fährt auch ein scharfes Zischen dazwischen. Beim Wachwechsel der Maschine um zwei Uhr werde ich wieder munter. Die Maschinenwachen müssen durch die U-Messe hindurch, wo ich schlafe. Für eine Weile stehen dabei die beiden Schotts zum Dieselraum offen. Brausend schlägt der Diesellärm in den Raum, und die Maschinen saugen in mächtigen Zügen die Luft an, so daß der Vorhang vor meiner Koje hochweht.

Man konnte in die untere Hälfte des Bootes sehen, wo die Batterien untergebracht sind. Als die Werftleute das Ihre getan hatten: das Geschütz wieder an Oberdeck stand, die Decksbeplankung wieder eine begehbare Fläche war und das ganze Boot einen neuen Anstrich bekommen hatte, standen an Oberdeck Kiste an Kiste, Körbe, Säcke, Kanister, Stapel von Konservendosen - und noch immer wurde Neues mit Lastwagen herbeigefahren. Es kamen weiter: Matratzen, Decken, Gummijacken, Ölzeug, Kokosmatten, Lederzeug, Tauchretter, nautische Instrumente, Seekarten und Handbücher, ganze Bündel von Gläsern - und dann: Granaten und Torpedos!

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