SK1789 : Memorial to the Dam Busters at Derwent Dam

taken 11 months ago, near to Fairholmes [other Features], Derbyshire, Great Britain

Memorial to the Dam Busters at Derwent Dam
Memorial to the Dam Busters at Derwent Dam
In 1943, 617 Squadron of the RAF, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, used Derwent Dam to practice low level flying in preparation for the Dam Buster raids on the Ruhr Dams in Germany. They had to practice flying at night to a height of only 60 feet above the water using two spotlights on the nose and tail of the Lancaster. The spotlights were angled so that they converged at exactly 60 feet below the aircraft. There was a reasonably straight run over Derwent Reservoir for the Lancasters to practice and the dam bore a resemblance to the Ruhr Dams so it was ideal for its purpose.

This memorial can be seen through an iron gate at the western end of Derwent Dam.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 24 October, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 9 November, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1715 8980 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.2847N 1:44.6103W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1710 8978
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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