We are currently working on a 3d model of a Dambuster Avro Lancaster
Mk III, known as B Mark III Special (Type 464 Provisioning). Much
of the armour was removed to reduce weight, as was the mid-upper
turret. The size and shape of the bomb led to the bomb doors being
removed and the bomb itself hung, in part, below the body of the
aircraft. It was mounted in two crutches and before dropping,
it was spun up to speed by an auxiliary motor.
Operation Chastise was the official name for the attacks on German
dams on 17 May 1943 in World War II using a specially developed
"Bouncing Bomb". The attack was carried out by Royal
Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently known as the Dambusters.
Where to see...
Surviving Bouncing Bombs
All combat Upkeep bombs were disposed of at the end of hostilities.
However, concrete-filled bombs used in test and training drops
at Reculver, Kent have been recovered and are displayed at various
- Dover Castle.
- Imperial War Museum Duxford
- Brookland's Museum in Weybridge
- Herne Bay Museum and Gallery.
- Brenzett Aeronautical Museum near Romney Marsh.
- Spitfire & Hurricane Museum at RAF Manston, Kent.
- Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby
- Haverfordwest Aerodrome displays a section of a Highball
- Abbotsbury Swannery displays a section of a Highball bomb
- RAF Lossiemouth - only accessible to the public with prior
- The Petwood Hotel museum, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, displays
a damaged Upkeep bomb.
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