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Avro Lancaster ED937 Giclée Art Print

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High quality art print of Avro Lancaster ED937, an Avro Lancaster B.III (Special) of No. 617 Squadron, specially refitted to take part in Operation Chastise, better known as the Dambusters Raid.

The Dambusters Raid saw nineteen Lancasters of No. 617 Squadron attack several dams in the Ruhr Valley in Germany: the Möhne, Eder, Sorpe, and Edersee dams. Flying on the night of 16/17 May 1943, each of the Lancasters carried an Vickers Type 464 'Upkeep' mine, better known as a bouncing bomb, which Barnes Wallis had designed specifically for the mission. The Lancasters flew in low to avoid detection, and bounced their Upkeep mines along the surface of the water and into the dam.

Dambuster ED937, designated by No. 617 Squadron as AJ-Z, was crewed by Maudslay, Marriott, Urquhart, Cottam, Fuller, Tytherleigh, and Burrows. Flying with the first of the three waves of Lancaster bombers, ED937 attacked the Eder Dam, but the bouncing bomb hit the parapet of the dam without bouncing, damaging the Lancaster. On the return flight, over the German-Dutch border, ED937 was shot down by anti-aircraft guns and crashed. Sadly, none of the crew survived, and they are now buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

This illustration by Rob Wisdom is a high-quality Giclée art print on cotton-rich fine art paper.