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70 years since Dambusters raid marked with a flypast

A RAF flypast has taken place in Derbyshire today to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters operation in Germany.

A Lancaster bomber was flown over the Derwent reservoir, where the 617 Squadron tested the "bouncing bomb" used in their mission.

It was accompanied by two Tornado GR4s used by the current squadron.

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App enables would-be pilots to take Dambusters role

A phone app enables would-be pilots to play a video game simulation of the 1943 Dambuster raid on three German dams.

Former pilot Bruce Steel developed the iPhone and iPad app, using his experience of CGI visual effects, to create a 3D simulation of the famous WWII mission.

A screenshot of The Dambusters app Credit: Hyperspace Limited

Steel told the Telegraph: "The first version of the game was so accurate that nobody could play it.

"The challenges faced by these men were so great that I had to simplify the gameplay so that people could actually play it."

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Dambusters: Memories

On the evening of May 16th 1943, nineteen Lancasters attacked the great dams of Western Germany with a revolutionary new ''bouncing'' bomb. The crew became known as The Dambusters.

Two men from the South watched the tests in 1942 and 1943. Bob Payne lived at Chesil Beach in Dorset, where the early prototypes were put through their paces.

Ant Larkins saw some of the later tests at Reculver on the Kent coast, where the old church towers acted as marker posts for the pilots.

The man behind the Dambusters 'bouncing bomb'

Sir Barnes Wallis, was the engineer who designed the "bouncing bomb" that destroyed German dams in 1943 in the daring Dambusters raid.

The operation in the Ruhr valley during the Second World War, is believed to have claimed at least 1,300 lives, and 56 of the 133 man crew that flew the mission did not return.

The inventor of the "bouncing bomb", Sir Barnes Wallis. Credit: RAF/MOD

In an interview with BBC Radio 2, Sir Barnes daughter said her father was driven to create the bouncing bomb by a sense of patriotism and belief in the importance of the "British family of nations".

Mary Stopes-Roe said: "He was not a man of war and that is often not, I think, properly understood.

"He was a man of peace but if you have to defend something you have to defend it and that's it, you do your duty."

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