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Airfix A50138 The Dambusters Set

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On the night of 16/17th May 1943, a specially formed squadron (617) conducted a daring and audacious strategic raid on German dams serving the industrial Ruhr valley.

Codenamed Operation Chastise the raid involved flying nineteen specially modified Avro Lancaster bombers at low level across hostile ter

While the Lancaster saw the vast majority of its service as a high altitude night bomber, attacking strategic targets deep within Germany, notably its involvement in the battles of the Ruhr, Hamburg and Berlin, it was a daring low level raid that gave the Lancaster arguably its finest hour. The Dambusters raid, as it has since become known, was one of the most famous opertions of the war. Led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, the nineteen specially modified Lancaster bombers attacked the Mohne, Eder, Sorpe, and Ennepe dams, with the Mohne and Eder dams being breached.

This caused widespread drestruction to both the German war effort and food production. The dams were breached using a special type of bomb, the Upkeep mine, or 'bouncing bomb'. This was rotated before being dropped so that is skipped along the surface before impacting against the dam, sinking and exploding, thus rupturing the dam. This avoided the need for high altitude raid and avoided torpedo nets. the attack was a partial success, but greatly improved the morale of the Allies and the British public.

Operation Chastise was the official name for the attacks on the German dams, which occured on 17th May 1943 during the Second World War. The attack was carried out buy 617 Squadron RAF, specially formed for this unique and highly dangerous mission. The squadron subsequently became known as the legendary Dambusters.

Paint Scheme - The Dambusters Avro Lancaster B.III (Special), 617 Sqaudron, 'Operation Chastise', 17th May 1943


  • 8 x Acrylic Paints
  • 2 x Brushes
  • 1 x Poly Cement
  • The Dambusters Avro Lancaster B.III (Special)

Airfix Gift Sets are ideal for more advanced modellers and include glue, acrylic paints and brushes

Safety Notice:

Warning! For children over 8 years of age only. For use under adult supervision. Poly Cement Adhesive. Product contains Butyl acetate which may be harmful if misused . Read cautions on individual container or insert carefully. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN CAUTION! Read the instructions before use, follow them and keep them for reference. Unassembled, plastic model kit. Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts, contains functional sharp edges and/or points. The packaging for this item includes a plastic bag. To avoid danger of suffocation keep all plastic bags away from babies and small children. The contents of this set are of mixed origin. Colours and contents may vary from those illustrated. Contains preservatives: Mixture , containing 5-Chloro-2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one and 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one (3:1). Retain these details and the address for future reference.

ritory to deliver their payloads of unique bouncing bombs that in theory, skipped across the dam waters, and would explode at a set depth to create such force as to breech the dams.

The Dambusters as they became famously known afterwards, breeched two of the target dams, the Mohne and Eder, losing ten of the nineteen crews that set off, to defensive gun fire and ground collisions. The raid provided a massive morale boost for the British people and Wing Commander Guy Gibson, who was later awarded a VC for gallantry, became a national hero.