Eye of the Storm
- The Dambusters
Philip E. West
Approx. overall size: 20" x 28" / 51cms x 71 cms
Commander Gibson’s aircraft in the foreground and Flt. Lt.
Martins in the distance, both draw flak away from Sqn. Ldr. Young’s
Lancaster after it has dropped it’s ‘Bouncing Bomb’
and makes its escape over the Mohne Dam.
Lead by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, 19 Lancaster's departed their
home base in three waves, each aircraft armed with a single bouncing
bomb developed by Barnes Wallis. The targets were German dams in
the heart of the industrial Ruhr. The resulting attacks breached
the Mohne and Eder Dams with attempts also on the Sorpe and Schwelme
Dams. For his leadership and courage, Gibson was awarded the Victoria
Cross. 34 other men also received decorations.