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Dam Busters by James Holland.
The subtitle of this book (The true story of the inventors and airmen who led the devastating raid to smash the German dams in 1943) only begins to scratch the surface of this thoroughly researched, fast-paced story. It opens with the genesis of an idea and doesn't end until a post-raid analysis of the success and fates of its participants. In a 10-week span, Squadron 617 was created, special low-flying Lancaster aircraft were manufactured, 9,000 pound bouncing cylindrical bombs were designed to skip across reservoirs into hydroelectric dams, and flight crews were trained. This all happened under the cloak of absolute secrecy and with the sole purpose of hampering Nazi war production. The fruit of the labors of a brilliant engineer, the organizational efforts of a squadron commander, and the heroics of pilots and crews all combine in this authoritative account of an oft-told event for white knuckle history writing at its best. Check Our Catalog