King George and Queen Elizabeth visit 617 Sqn RAF

Collection ID F02547
Collection type Film
Title King George and Queen Elizabeth visit 617 Sqn RAF
Measurement 4 min 30 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Place made United Kingdom: England, Lincolnshire, Scampton
Date made 27 May 1943
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

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 Mohne, Edersee Dams and Sorpe dams on Operation Chastise 16-17 May 1943. The Mohne 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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