Lancaster Bomber soars over Chatsworth

Here’s a video of the Lancaster Bomber soaring low over the Chatsworth Estate.

Hundreds of emotional spectators flocked to the occasion on May 16 – which marks 70 years since the RAF ‘Dambuster’ raids.

80th anniversary of the Dambusters. Lancaster flying over Chatsworth.

80th anniversary of the Dambusters. Lancaster flying over Chatsworth.

The 617 Squadron was originally formed as part of Operation Chastise which was a Second World War raid on Germany’s Ruhr dams using Barnes Wallis’ revolutionary bouncing bomb dropped by modified Lancaster bombers.

Crews trained for the operation at British reservoirs including the Derwent Dam and targeted German dams on May 16, 1943, because they had helped provide vital water and electricity for the Nazis’ war machine.

Two of the German dams were successfully destroyed by the bouncing bombs which were specially designed to repeatedly skim the water’s surface before smashing into the dam walls.

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