Breaching the Eder Dam

Robert Taylor





Led by Squadron Leader Guy Gibson, at precisely 21:39hrs the first of nineteen Avro Lancaster bombers, each carrying a massive Barnes Wallis designed bouncing bomb, lumbered down the grass runway at RAF Scampton and headed into the night. In three carefully planned waves, their targets were the mighty reservoir dams supplying vital electricity to the munitions factories in the Ruhr; the Mohne, Sorpe, Ennepe, and further to the east, the Eder. Such an audacious attack had never previously been attempted; nobody could forecast the outcome.

Photo-reconnaissance the following morning confirmed the Mohne and Eder dams had been breached causing massive destruction of power stations, water and steel works, miles of overhead electrical cables, and severe flooding that brought factories and communications to a standstill throughout the area.

Robert Taylor pays tribute to the courage and selfless determination of 617 Squadron’s Dambuster crews, of which eight never returned, with dramatic pencil rendering. As his bouncing bomb scores a direct hit, Pilot Officer Les Knight powers his Lancaster over the Eder Dam, a huge deluge of water cascading over the fractured wall as he departs the scene. Each signed print in the edition is conservation matted and supplied flat packed.




Squadron Leader Ken Brown CGM RCAF

Flight Lieutenant George A Chalmers DFC DFM


Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM Flight


Squadron Leader Les Munro DSO DFC RNZAF



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Overall Print Size 20" x 15" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free


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