17th May 1943. Lancaster's from 617 Squadron deliver a surprise attack on the Ruhr dams with specially designed, unique bouncing bombs (code name "Upkeep") invented by Barns Wallis. Wing Commander Guy Gibson is shown drawing defensive fire away from Flt Lt Maltby's aircraft as it passes over the Mohne, just as his mine explodes and breaches the dam.
Overall size: 19¼" x 27¾"
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Signed by 617 Squadron Lancaster bomb aimer ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM.
Signed by ‘Johnny’ Johnson & Flight Engineer Ray Grayston.
Raymond E. Grayston
Ray Grayston joined the RAF in June 1939, as an engine fitter. In 1942 he volunteered for aircrew as a flight engineer. He was subsequently posted to 50 Sqn at Skellingthorpe in Lincolnshire, and flew in Les Knight's crew. On the night of 16-17 May, Les Knight and his crew took part in the raid on the dams and were responsible for breaching the Eder Dam.
George L. Johnson
Initially George Johnson went to the USA for pilot training. Frustrated at not qualifying and having a burning desire to get airborne, Johnny applied for the shortest possible training course; air gunner. having completed this course successfully Johnny was posted to 97 Squadron as ‘spare’ gunner – mid or upper, whichever was needed. At this time Bomb Aimers were being sought for the Lancasters and as this position warranted extra pay, Johnny applied and passed the training course. He was then chosen by Joe McCarthy to join his crew before they were all transferred to 617 Squadron. Flying in Lancaster AJ-T, they attacked the Sorpe Dam from 30 feet, for which Johnny was awarded the DFM. Johnny went on to fly 40 missions with Joe McCarthy at the controls.