Approaching The Eder

Mark Postlethwaite





Squadron Leader Henry Maudslay flying Avro Lancaster ED937 makes his first approach to the Eder Dam during Operation Chastise, 17th May 1943. This very difficult approach involved diving down a gorge near Waldeck Castle before making a sharp left turn to line up with the Eder Dam seen in the distance. After several failed attempts, three crews managed to drop their Upkeeps on target although Maudslay's blew up on the crest of the dam, possibly damaging his aircraft as a result. Henry Maudslay and his crew were one of the eight crews that failed to return that night, shot down by flak near Emmerich on the way home.

The original painting of Approaching The Eder has been produced for a new 3 volume set of books about Operation Chastise. It depicts the difficult approach to the Eder that was briefed to the crews, diving past Waldeck Castle before turning hard to port over the spit of land to line up with the Eder Dam seen here in the distance. This complex approach caused all sorts of problems for the Maudslay, Shannon and Knight crews resulting in Les Knight trying a successful approach from the opposite side, down the lake.



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