This is a section of aluminium airframe section from the underside of the aircraft as it still has a lot of original black paintwork it has ripped and it has bent and ripped by the impact of the crash.The section has been very nicely cleaned perfect to display the section is 4 inches long and 4 inches wide in size and a rare bit of airframe. This section was recovered from RAF Lancaster bomber ED864 code name B for Baker shot down on the Dambuster raid on the 16th May 1943.A rare relic from this famous raid.
RAF Lancaster ED864 code name B for Baker on the Dambuster raid on 16th to 17th May 1943.The plane took off for the raid 21.59pm on the evening of 16th May and the plane flew in to a pylon in Germany between at 12.15am on the 17th May there were no survivors.
Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently publicised as the "Dam Busters" using a specially developed "bouncing bomb" invented and developed by Barnes Wallis. The Möhne and Edersee Dams were breached, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley; the Sorpe dam sustained only minor damage. Two hydroelectric power stations were destroyed and several more were damaged. Factories and mines were also either damaged or destroyed. An estimated 1,600 people drowned. The damage was mitigated by rapid repairs by the Germans, with production returning to normal in September.
Squadron Flight Lieutenant William Astell DFC, Navigator- Pilot Officer Floyd
Alkwin Wile ,Bomb Aimer- Flying Officer Donald Hopkinson , Flight Engineer
Sergeant John Kinnear Wireless Operator- Warrant Officer Abram Garshowitz RCAF,Front
Gunner- Flight Sargeant Francis Antony Garbas RCAF.Rear Gunner- Sergeant