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Dambuster 65th Anniversary Cover
On 21 March 1943 at RAF Scampton, 617 Squadron was formed to carry out a single special and incredibly dangerous task - to attack three major dams on the Ruhr in Germany: The Mohne, Eder and Sorpe. "Operation Chastise" has since become a legend in the annals of military history and it possess all the traditionally admired attributes of originality, surprise and heroism coupled with a very dramatic outcome.
Operation Chastise took place on 17 May 1943 and was carried out using Barnes Wallis' infamous 'Bouncing Bombs" carried inside Lancaster Bombers. Read all about it at www.dambusters.org.uk
To commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Dambuster raids, we produced our own tribute in a set of covers. This particular cover features a single stamp and label from our 95th Anniversary of the RAF stamp sheet and is cancelled on the anniversary date of the raids with a special 617 squadron, Scampton, postmark. It's also doubled with a full set of RAF Uniform stamps issued on 18th September 2008 which were postmarked on the day of issue.
Last of the Dambuster Captains
As well as British crew, the squadron included personnel from Royal Canadian, Royal Australian and Royal New Zealand Air Forces and we are incredibly proud to be able to offer this cover signed by New Zealander Les Munro DFC DSO, the last surviving pilot of the raid.
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He was posted to 97 Squadron at Woodhall Spa on 7th December 1942 and had carried out 21 operations when he responded to a call for volunteers to form a new Squadron for a special operation. This turned out to be No. 617 Squadron.
After 6 weeks intensive low level training the Squadron attacked the Dams on the night of 16th/17th May 1943. Munro's plane was hit by light flak when crossing the Dutch coast over the Island of Vlieland and forced to return to base.
He served on 617 Squadron for a further 14 months and was Flight Commander under Leonard Cheshire and took part in 'Operation Taxable', the Spoof operation in support of the D Day landings. He ceased operations on 13th July 1944 having completed 58 operation. He then commanded No. 1690 BDTF flying Hurricanes until 30th July 1945. He was awarded the DFC on 11th July 1943 and DSO on 28th April 1944.
Quick Facts: Dambuster 65th Anniverary Cover is a Commemorative Cover Issue date : 18th September 2008
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