King George and Queen Elizabeth visit 617 Sqn RAF

Unit No. 617 Squadron (RAF)
Accession Number F02547
Collection type Film
Measurement 4 min 30 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Place made United Kingdom: England, Lincolnshire, Scampton
Date made 27 May 1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Coverage of King George and Queen Elizabeth visit to 617 (The Dambusters) Squadron RAF, Scampton Lincolnshire. Using the Barnes Wallis "bouncing bomb" eighteen Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron attacked the Möhne, Edersee Dams and Sorpe dams on Operation Chastise 16–17 May 1943. The Möhne and Edersee Dams were breached causing major flooding of the Ruhr Valley. Shows Wing Commander Guy Gibson, VC, DSO and bar greeting the King George and then escorting him to meet with members of the Squadron. Various shots of the King and Queen talking with members of the squadron. Various interior shots of the King and latter the Queen viewing maps, aerial photographs and of the raid.

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