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Updated: 13 Jul 04

A selection of books relating to 617 "The Dambusters" Squadron history, bases and operations.

Aircraft Reference Books

The Lancaster Manual (Official Air Publication)

Avro Lancaster Marks I and II in all essential detail over 500+ pages, covering ground crew instructions, handling and flying, electrical and radio equipment, airframe design and armament.
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Squadron History

617 Sqn: The Dam Busters (Jonathan Falconer)

The story of the May 1943 raid on the Mohne and Eder Dams by the men of 617 Sqn, equipped with Barnes Wallis' revolutionary 'Upkeep' bouncing bombs. This book is best described as an encyclopaedia of the Dams Raid.
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Goodwill Tour: USA and Canada July 1947

Robert (Bob) Hornby of Lancashire has spent 7 years researching and writing the history of 617 Sqn's 1947 goodwill mission of which he was a member. Based on AIR27/2526/27 Documentation and oral history from surviving members he has produced a 125 page history which is lodged at 617 Squadron Air Crew Associations Historical Section, at the COMOX Air Force Museum, Lazo BC, and the Nanton Lancaster Museum in Nanton Alberta. Further details about the project and the book can be found on the 617 Sqn Goodwill Tour website :: click here.

Station History

RAF Scampton

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General Historical Reference

Barnes Wallis' Bombs: Tallboy, Dambuster & Grand Slam (Stephen Flower)

Barnes Wallis was the scientist and inventor of the 'bouncing bomb' used by 617 Sqn on the Mohne Raid. This book covers the Upkeep bouncing bomb, Tallboy 'earthquake' bomb used against the Tirpitz and V1/2 launch sites, and Grand Slam 10-tonne penetration bomb. Hardback 496 pages.
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The Bomber Command Handbook (Jonathan Falconer)

Who decided the policy? Why, when and where were the airfields built? How was the overall command structure organized, from the Air Council down to individual squadron level? How did the RAF train its bomber crews? What aircraft did they fly and what weapons did they use? Who were their commanders and who were the men that made up the rank-and-rifle of the Command? How was a raid planned and once it was launched what happened? 300 pages.
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Books about 617 Sqn's bases:

Lincolnshire Tourism and County Council

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Blackwells

Motor Books (Aviation)

RAF Mountain Rescue
RAF Search and Rescue