The Dam Busters
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The Dam Busters: hits its targets – and doesn't dumb down

7 August 2015 7:52 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Anderson’s 1955 dramatisation of the 1943 Raf mission to bomb German dams is fairly true to life and bounces along entertainingly

The Dam Busters (1955)

Director: Michael Anderson

Entertainment grade: A–

History grade: B+

On the night of 16-17 May 1943, 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force – later nicknamed the Dam Busters – carried out Operation Chastise to attack German dams in the Ruhr valley. The last surviving pilot, New Zealander Les Munro – who is name-checked twice in the film – died this week at the age of 96. Just two of the original 133 Dam Busters are still alive (George “Johnny” Johnson, from the UK, who was a bomb-aimer and Canadian front-gunner Fred Sutherland); 53 were killed during the operation. Three men who baled out of planes that were shot down were taken prisoner by the Germans

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