16th May 2008 is the 65th anniversary of the famous 'Dambusters' raid, by the specially formed 617 Sqn, RAF.
Only one survivor is left, Les Munroe from New Zealand, he was a special guest at a flypast over the dam used in the UK for training the crews.
With the UK's only flying Lancaster, as well as other Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft and 617 Sqn's current equipment, Tornado GR.4's.
Fitting perhaps that Munroe hails from New Zealand, since many of Bomber Command crews came from all over what we now call the Commonwealth, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, South Africa, Rhodesia, West Indies, as well as those from nations occupied by Germany.
Bomber Command had the highest ratio of losses for the British forces in WW2, the Dambusters raid being no exception.
Also at this flypast, were relatives of those such as Barnes Wallis, the bombs designer and others, including actor Richard Todd, who played the raid's leader, Guy Gibson, in the 1955 film. Todd himself served in the Parachute Regiment in WW2, taking part in another daring action, the drop on Pegasus Bridge on D-Day-which he reprised in the film The Longest Day .
Various BBC news reports, loads of great footage!
From inside the Lanc, stick with it, it gets more varied!
More detail about Operation Chastise ;
617 Sqn today;
Aside from the flying, this was to remember all who died, including those on the ground as a result of the raid, who now would be referred to by the dehumanising term, collateral damage .