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Henry Maudslay Dam Buster

Owen, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0992620708 / ISBN 13: 9780992620707
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Title: Henry Maudslay Dam Buster

Publisher: Fighting High Publishing

Binding: Hardcover

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The Dam Buster raid, one of the greatest feats of arms executed by the Royal Air Force, placed extraordinary demands upon the airmen involved, one of whom was the particularly accomplished pilot Henry Maudslay. Robert Owen describes in detail the family background, school life and extraordinary flying career of the young and enigmatic airman. Num Pages: 400 pages, Approx 40 black and white pictures. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 3JJH; HBJD; HBLW; HBWQ; JWG. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 241 x 165 x 31. Weight in Grams: 944. . 2014. 0th Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780992620707

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Synopsis: The Dam Buster raid, Operation Chastise, has gone down in history as one of the greatest feats of arms executed by the Royal Air Force. Extraordinary demands were placed upon the airmen who took part in the raid, one of whom was the particularly accomplished young pilot Henry Maudslay. Henry, educated at Eton, was well-regarded and respected by contemporaries and Masters alike. He left school in 1940 and volunteered immediately for the RAF, becoming part of a generation for who transition into adulthood would, again, be cast in the heat of battle.

Henry flew his first operational tour with No. 44 Squadron on Handley Page Hampdens, following which his experiences and skills were utilized during service trials for the new Avro Lancaster. Henry joined No. 50 Squadron at the start of 1943 for a second tour and in March 1943 he was selected to join a new squadron, No. 617, then forming at RAF Scampton. Henry Maudslay attacked the Eder Dam on the night of 16/17 May 1943. After a number of attempts, he released his weapon which struck the parapet and detonated on impact almost immediately behind the aircraft. Contrary to contemporary reports the aircraft survived, and set course for home, only to be brought down near the Rhine with the loss of all its crew.

Combining material from family, school and official archives, together with personal letters and recollections from those who knew him, Robert Owen, Official Historian of the No. 617 Squadron Association, describes in detail the family background, school life and extraordinary flying career of this young and enigmatic airman.

About the Author: Robert Owen is an aviation historian and the Official Historian of the No. 617 Squadron Association. A Trustee of both this Association and the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust, he has contributed to numerous publications and television documentaries. He is currently a postgraduate research student with the University of Huddersfield Arms and Armour Research Group.

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