Möhne Dam

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During the night of 16 - 17 May 1942 the dam was attached by 617 squadron of the Royal Air Force, and severely damaged (along with the Eder and Sorpe dams). The following flood of around 110 million cubic metres of water devastated the Möhne valley. From the nineteen aircraft which took part, only nine returned.

An excellent summary is here

A pictorial representation of the mission can be seen here

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Comments (14)

poludziber on May 29, 2014

molto bella, like......ciao, Flavio

Nick Weall on May 29, 2014

Damn nice shot Peter shame about the terrors of war let us hope peace prevails ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Peter_private_box on May 29, 2014

Hi Nick and Flavio,

I am happy that you both enjoyed the picture of this famous dam, thank you so much. It is situated in a nice rural area, so peaceful and quiet. It is hard to believe that upon this scene appeared a new weapon.... Like you say Nick, let us hope that it doesn't happen again.

Best wishes Peter

Steve. D on May 29, 2014

Hello Peter what a lovely shot of the dam and one that holds quite an interest with me as i have had great interest with 617 Squadron for years to the point of attending reunions at woodhall spa and having limited edition prints signed by squadron members and even a few survivors of this dams raid .. the interest of course stems from living so close to scampton / woodhall spa ect

a YS-L from me here

best wishes .. steve

Peter_private_box on May 30, 2014

Hi Steve,

Thank you so much for your interesting comments and awards. I thought you might appreciate a closer look. Since my visit was just four days shy of the anniversary of the event, I did spend some considerable time pondering what must have happened all those years ago.... including the 10 crews who didn't return... The information board at the far end does mention the destruction during the war, but perhaps best not repeated here.

Best Wishes Peter

stacy metcalf on June 2, 2014

a beautiful work of art, this dam, beautifully framed by the trees.

A thought provoking image (with background story), PeterPB. Thanks for the informative & engrossing link too.

Peter_private_box on June 3, 2014

Hi Stacy,

Thank you. I'm happy that you have found it informative and interesting. The story of the destruction of these three dams is a big part of British culture (especially for folks who have links with the war), which maybe you don't have in Canada. Stories of ingenuity, persistence, and bravery which inspired us all in our younger days. It was an honour for me to see the place for real.

Best Wishes Peter

Steve. D on June 3, 2014

Hello Peter just a foot note to the story of the Dams raid 30 of the airmen that took part were Canadian with sadly 14 failing to return from the mission

best wishes .. steve

Peter_private_box on June 4, 2014

Hi Steve,

Thank you for the additional info from your superior knowledge of these guys and their mission. I'm sure Stacy will be pleased to hear that his countrymen played such an important part too.

Best Wishes Peter

gezginruh on June 10, 2014

My dear Peter,

I know here is a very famous place but unfortunately with very sad memories...

It is a beautiful and clear picture! So a big Like from me!

Love Füsun


Peter_private_box on June 11, 2014

My dear Füsun,

I am happy that you have enjoyed the picture, thank you. I did not realise it at the time, but this was just three days shy of the anniversary of when we attacked it with those special bouncing bombs all those years ago. I did spare a thought for the German soldiers on duty there that night, talking about their homes and families, when all of a sudden this peaceful countyside was subject to such devastation right under their noses....


stacy metcalf on June 13, 2014

Thank~you PeterPB and SteveD :)

We take pride in our efforts, hopefully "fighting the good fight".

Though perhaps a bit isolated over here from the constant "landmark" reminders of this conflict we have our days of remembrance (Lest We Forget). My parents were born in 1938 & 1940, one either side.

respectfully yours. stacy

Judit Losonciné Zana on November 26

Dear Peter!

Interesting, and very I liked.

Very I liked! Superb spectacle.

Best wishes, Judit

Peter_private_box on November 27

Dear Judit

Thank you for sharing my trip to Germany. Your visit is much appreciated.

Another picture from the other side of the dam is here in memory of our great success in destroying this during the war.

Best wishes Peter

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