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The 1955 World War II Historical Drama About Great Britain's Astounding Aerial Attack On Germany's Ruhr Valley Dams! The Special Effects Feature That Inspired Much Of The Movie "Star Wars" Starring Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave and Ursula Jeans, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Black and White, 2:05) #TheDamBustgers #RichardTodd #MichaelRedgrave #UrsalaJeans #OperationChastise #DambusterRaids #No617SquadronRAF #Dambusters #RAF #RAFHistory #BouncingBombs #BarnesWallis #Dams #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Cinema #BritishCinema #UKCinema CinemaOfTheUK #AirWarfareOfWWII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #WW2Aviation #WWIIAviation #AviationInWorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #WW2 #WorldWarII #StarWars #DeathStar #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
A historically accurate account of the attack made by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron on German dams on May 16-17 1943, utilizing a new secret "bouncing bomb" developed to destroy the Mohne, Edersee and Sorpe dams located in Germany's military-industrial heartland, the Ruhr valley. The film's attack sequences were inspirational for, and sometimes virtually duplicated in, the Death Star battle scenes in the movie Star Wars, and both Gilbert Taylor, Director of Photography for The Dam Busters, and Stuart Freeborn, The Dam Buster's Makeup Supervisor, worked on Star Wars as well. It is also the first film appearance (uncredited) by Patrick McGoohan. One of the great war classics.
Paul Brickhill (Book, "The Dam Busters"), Wing Comdr. Guy Gibson (Book, "Enemy Coast Ahead"), R.C. Sherriff (Screenplay)
Richard Todd ... Wing Commander Guy Gibson, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C.
Michael Redgrave ... Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
Ursula Jeans ... Mrs. Wallis
Frank Phillips ... B.B.C. Announcer
Patrick McGoohan ... Guard on Door (uncredited)
Charles Carson ... Doctor
Stanley Van Beers ... Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Colin Tapley ... Doctor W.H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
Frederick Leister ... Committee Member
Eric Messiter ... Committee Member
Laidman Browne ... Committee Member
Raymond Huntley ... Official, National Physical Laboratory
Hugh Manning ... Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
Patrick Barr ... Captain Joseph 'Mutt' Summers, C.B.E.
Edwin Styles ... Observer at Trials
Hugh Moxey ... Observer at Trials
Anthony Shaw ... R.A.F. Officer at Trials
Basil Sydney ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris G.C.B., O.B.E., A.F.C.
Ernest Clark ... Air Vice-Marshal The Hon. Ralph Cochrane G.B.E., K.C.B., A.F.C.
Derek Farr ... Group Captain J.N.H. Whitworth, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Laurence Naismith ... Farmer
Harold Siddons ... Group Signals Officer
Brewster Mason ... Flt / Lt. R.D. Trevor-Roper, D.F.C., D.F.M.
Tony Doonan ... Flt / Lt. R.E.G. Hutchison, D.F.C. (as Anthony Doonan)
Nigel Stock ... Flying / Off. F.M. Spafford, D.F.C., D.F.M.
Brian Nissen ... Flt / Lt. A.T. Taerum, D.F.C.
Robert Shaw ... Flt / Sgt. J. Pulford, D.F.M.
Peter Assinder ... Plt / Off. G.A. Deering, D.F.C.
Richard Leech ... Squadron Leader H.M. Young, D.F.C.
Richard Thorp ... Squadron Leader H.E. Maudslay, D.F.C.
John Fraser ... Flight Lieutenant J.V. Hopgood, D.F.C.
David Morrell ... Flight Lieutenant W. Astell, D.F.C.
Bill Kerr ... Flight Lieutenant H.B. Martin, D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C.
George Baker ... Flight Lieutenant D.J.H. Maltby, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Ronald Wilson ... Flight Lieutenant D.J. Shannon, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Denys Graham ... Flying Officer L.G. Knight, D.S.O.
Basil Appleby ... Flight Lieutenant R.C. Hay, D.F.C.
Tim Turner ... Flight Lieutenant J.F. Leggo, D.F.C.
Ewen Solon ... Flight Sergeant G.E. Powell
Harold Goodwin ... Wing Comdr. Gibson's Batman
John Breslin ... Crew member (uncredited)
Edward Cast ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Richard Coleman ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Peter Diamond ... Tail Gunner (uncredited)
Gerald Harper ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Howard ... RAF Pay Clerk In NAAFI (uncredited)
Lloyd Lamble ... Collins (uncredited)
Philip Latham ... Flight Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack McNaughton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Nina Parry ... Barnes Wallace's Daughter (uncredited)
Edwin Richfield ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
World War II: The Dambuster Raids: On May 17, 1943, No. 617 Squadron RAF commenced Operation Chastise, an attack on German dams carried out on May 16-17, 1943 using a purpose-built "bouncing bomb" developed by Barnes Wallis. The Moehne and Edersee Dams were breached, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley; the Sorpe Dam sustained only minor damage. Two hydroelectric power stations were destroyed and several more damaged. Factories and mines were also damaged and destroyed. An estimated 1,600 civilians, about 600 Germans and 1,000 mainly Soviet forced labourers died. Despite rapid repairs by the Germans, production did not return to normal until September, four months later. The raid was the subject of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, in which Wallis was played by Michael Redgrave, and much of the attack sequence was the inspiration fot the first Star Wars film's attack on the Death Star. No. 617 Squadron is a Royal Air Force aircraft squadron, currently based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in the United States. It is commonly known as the "Dambusters", for its actions during Operation Chastise. In the early 21st century it operated the Tornado GR4 in the ground attack and reconnaissance role until being disbanded in the Spring of 2014. The squadron reformed on April 18, 2018, and was equipped at RAF Marham in June 2018 with the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning, becoming the first squadron to be based in the UK with this advanced V/STOL type. The unit is composed of both RAF and Royal Navy personnel, and operates from the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.