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After the Flood - What the Dambusters did Next by John Nichol (December 2015)

On 17 May 1943, 133 airmen of 617 Squadron set out in nineteen Lancaster bombers to destroy the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams.  Despite catastrophic losses, the raid became an enormous propaganda triumph and the survivors were feted as heroes, some becoming celebrities of their time.

The legend of the Dambusters had been born, yet the seventy-seven men who returned from that iconic first raid, only forty-five would survive to the end of the war - so what happened next?

Famed for their specialist precision attacks, 617 Squadron would prove themselves again and again, dropping the largest bombs ever built on Hitler's prize battleship, Tirpitz, on crucial railway viaducts, secret rocket sites, U-boat construction pens and a German super-gun which would have rained 600 shells an hour on London.  From the catastrophic night-time bombing of the vital Dortmund-Ems Canal to an attack on Hitler's Eagle's Nest, After the Flood tells the thrilling and sometimes heart-breaking story of what the Dambusters did after the Dams raid.

John Nichol is a former RAF flight lieutenant whose Tornado bomber was shot down on a mission over Iraq during the first Gulf War in 1991.  He was captured and held as a prisoner of war.  He is the bestselling co-author of Tornado Down, and the author of many books including Tail-End Charlies and The Red Line.
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