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Informative in parts, written from an RAF insiders perspective, there are some nuggets of information, in particular detail on the Tirpitz raids and the early Tallboy raids Elsewhere the research seems a bit light touch.I ve no doubt about the bravery and expertise of the members of 617 squadron during WW2, and would be interested in acomprehensive version of the story.A while ago I read Dam Busters The True Story of the Legendary Raid on the Ruhr, by James Holland That book felt better Informative in parts, written from an RAF insiders perspective, there are some nuggets of information, in particular detail on the Tirpitz raids and the early Tallboy raids Elsewhere the research seems a bit light touch.I ve no doubt about the bravery and expertise of the members of 617 squadron during WW2, and would be interested in acomprehensive version of the story.A while ago I read Dam Busters The True Story of the Legendary Raid on the Ruhr, by James Holland That book felt better researched that this one, in particular with respect to the formation of 617 squadron, The two books only overlap in parts, so they can be considered complementary if the different level of research can be overcome As a boy I recall building plastic model kits of the famous aircraft of World War II and one Christmas I was given a special kit of the RAF Lancaster bomber but this was different, it was one from the famous Dambuster raids I did not know much about these raids at the time, but from then on I spentandtime in my local library researching the history of Bomber Command and the Dambuster raids Little did I know it at the time that my thirst for knowledge for both World Wars would bec As a boy I recall building plastic model kits of the famous aircraft of World War II and one Christmas I was given a special kit of the RAF Lancaster bomber but this was different, it was one from the famous Dambuster raids I did not know much about these raids at the time, but from then on I spentandtime in my local library researching the history of Bomber Command and the Dambuster raids Little did I know it at the time that my thirst for knowledge for both World Wars would become a lifelong interest.Not many would have failed to have heard of the legendary story of the crews of the Dambuster raids, but what became of the crews In After the Flood by former RAF navigator John Nichol is an incredible researched account of the these brave men that flew on the attacks on the dams.The mend of 637 Squadron were brought together to train for a specific mission to attack and ultimately destroy a series of dams the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in the heart of the industrial Ruhr, by attacking and destroying these dams it would set back the German military machine by also destroying factories in the Ruhr valley The question was how to attack these dams, something unheard of Barnes Wallis had for some time been experimenting with a new bomb specifically designed for attacking these dams, which later became known as the bouncing bomb On 17th May 1943 Operation Chastise was launched with 19 modified Lancaster Bombers of 617 Squadron took off under the command of Wing Commander Guy Gibson, the aircraft flew at altitudes of 100 feet to avoid radar detection and carried a single bouncing bomb Of the 133 aircrew that took part in the raid on the dams 56 were killed The results of the attacks was a massive propaganda success for the RAF The resulting flood waves killed close to 1600 people many were forced labourers of a number of nationalities from a number of European countries and also Eastern Europe 617 Squadron went on to carry manydaring raids over enemy targets from deep inside Germany to attacking and sinking the Tirpitz the largest German battleship ever built, they also went on missions destroying V1 and V2 factories and launch sites to the catastrophic attack on the Dortmund Ems canal and also Hitler s Eagles nest Of the entire crews that joined the Dambusters raids only 45 men survived to see the final victory that they fought so bravely to achieve.Nicholl deserves praise for the immense research that was undertaken for After the Flood including talking with survivors as well as visiting some of the target sites the crews attacked This is an incredible story about a group of incredibly brave men who put themselves in mortal danger every time they took part in a raid It is a fitting tribute to 617 Squadron a group of men to whom we owe so much and the likes of which we may never see again An outstanding historical account that I am delighted to recommend to anyone with an interest in military history.Lest we forget HIGHLY RECOMMENDED This is another book I have to rate as amazing because if the author delayed much longer there would be no first hand witnesses left And quite a few died in the war anyway The part I liked best was when a pilot landed after his very first bombing mission over a German city Before anyone could exit the plane he told the crew that he would not be dropping anybombs on civilians from that height He was going to apply for 617 Squadron, aka the low level Suicide Squad Was anyone with him A This is another book I have to rate as amazing because if the author delayed much longer there would be no first hand witnesses left And quite a few died in the war anyway The part I liked best was when a pilot landed after his very first bombing mission over a German city Before anyone could exit the plane he told the crew that he would not be dropping anybombs on civilians from that height He was going to apply for 617 Squadron, aka the low level Suicide Squad Was anyone with him And they all were Hard to put downGreat story about true heroes who don t actually believe they are and think of themselves as ordinary men when nothing could be further from the truth. [ E-PUB ] ♕ After the Flood: What the Dambuster Did Next ♓ After the famous dams raid, thousands of equally daring missions were flown in WWII bySquadron Find out about them here, from former RAF Tornado Navigator and Gulf War veteran John NicholThe role RAFSquadron in the destruction of the dams at the heart of the industrial Ruhr has been celebrated in book, magazine and film for than seventy yearsOn the th May ,airmen set out inLancasters to destroy the M hne, Eder and Sorpe damsof them did not return Despite these catastrophic losses, the raid became an enormous propaganda triumph The survivors were feted as heroes and became celebrities of their timeThey had been brought together for one specific task so what happened next Of themen who made it home from that raid,would lose their lives later in the war and onlysurvived to see the victory for which they foughtFew are aware of the extent of the Dambuster squadron s operations after the Dams Raid They became the go to squadron for specialist precision attacks, dropping the largest bombs ever built on battleships, railway bridges, secret weapon establishments, rockets sites and U boat construction pens They were involved in attempts on the lives of enemy leaders, both Hitler and Mussolini, created a false fleet on D day which fooled the Germans, and knocked out a German super gun which would have rainedshells an hour on LondonIn After The Flood, John Nichol retraces the path ofSquadron s most dangerous sorties as their reputation called them into action again and again As a boy I recall building plastic model kits of the famous aircraft of World War II and one Christmas I was given a special kit of the RAF Lancaster bomber but this was different, it was one from the famous Dambuster raids I did not know much about these raids at the time, but from then on I spentandtime in my local library researching the history of Bomber Command and the Dambuster raids Little did I know it at the time that my thirst for knowledge for both World Wars would bec As a boy I recall building plastic model kits of the famous aircraft of World War II and one Christmas I was given a special kit of the RAF Lancaster bomber but this was different, it was one from the famous Dambuster raids I did not know much about these raids at the time, but from then on I spentandtime in my local library researching the history of Bomber Command and the Dambuster raids Little did I know it at the time that my thirst for knowledge for both World Wars would become a lifelong interest.Not many would have failed to have heard of the legendary story of the crews of the Dambuster raids, but what became of the crews In After the Flood by former RAF navigator John Nichol is an incredible researched account of the these brave men that flew on the attacks on the dams.The mend of 637 Squadron were brought together to train for a specific mission to attack and ultimately destroy a series of dams the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in the heart of the industrial Ruhr, by attacking and destroying these dams it would set back the German military machine by also destroying factories in the Ruhr valley The question was how to attack these dams, something unheard of Barnes Wallis had for some time been experimenting with a new bomb specifically designed for attacking these dams, which later became known as the bouncing bomb On 17th May 1943 Operation Chastise was launched with 19 modified Lancaster Bombers of 617 Squadron took off under the command of Wing Commander Guy Gibson, the aircraft flew at altitudes of 100 feet to avoid radar detection and carried a single bouncing bomb Of the 133 aircrew that took part in the raid on the dams 56 were killed The results of the attacks was a massive propaganda success for the RAF The resulting flood waves killed close to 1600 people many were forced labourers of a number of nationalities from a number of European countries and also Eastern Europe 617 Squadron went on to carry manydaring raids over enemy targets from deep inside Germany to attacking and sinking the Tirpitz the largest German battleship ever built, they also went on missions destroying V1 and V2 factories and launch sites to the catastrophic attack on the Dortmund Ems canal and also Hitler s Eagles nest Of the entire crews that joined the Dambusters raids only 45 men survived to see the final victory that they fought so bravely to achieve.Nicholl deserves praise for the immense research that was undertaken for After the Flood including talking with survivors as well as visiting some of the target sites the crews attacked This is an incredible story about a group of incredibly brave men who put themselves in mortal danger every time they took part in a raid It is a fitting tribute to 617 Squadron a group of men to whom we owe so much and the likes of which we may never see again An outstanding historical account that I am delighted to recommend to anyone with an interest in military history.Lest we forget HIGHLY RECOMMENDED This book really deserves a higher rating Nichol, an RAF veteran himself, has focused on the part of 617 Squadron history that is often overlooked, but that really made their lasting reputation their re creation under Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire and his successors from a squadron almost entirely destroyed in two showy but brutally costly operations into what Air Marshal Harris proudly called his sniper squadron Nichols has gathered together spectacular personal accounts not only from s This book really deserves a higher rating Nichol, an RAF veteran himself, has focused on the part of 617 Squadron history that is often overlooked, but that really made their lasting reputation their re creation under Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire and his successors from a squadron almost entirely destroyed in two showy but brutally costly operations into what Air Marshal Harris proudly called his sniper squadron Nichols has gathered together spectacular personal accounts not only from survivors of the Dams raid, but from lesser known men who flew with 617 Squadron during the period when they developed techniques that enabled them to hit precise targets bridges, viaducts, V weapon sites, individual factories, U boat pens and, perhaps most spectacularly, the battleship Tirpitz Readers familiar only with the raid on the dams are going to be surprised by what the Dambusters did later in the war, and Nichols weaves the many personal accounts into the story very effectively.And yet, what should have been a four star book gets three because of the piles of boneheaded errors of fact Clearly the book was not proofed for this, and readers need to be aware that there are really serious mistakes sprinkled throughout the book Lieutenant General Joe Kennedy is just one of dozens There are infelicitous sentences here and there, and errors of tense I hate to see what is a valuable book brought down by what are completely avoidable mistakes Highly recommended, but with reservations Fabulous for a WW2 history geek like me Written by an RAF pilot who has gone to war, this is a detailed but highly readable account of the exploits and daring of 617 Squadron, from the Dambusters raid to the end of the war A tale of heroism, skill, teamwork and, above all, the desire to do your bit for the country. A great read about a few brave men amongst thousands An excellent and gripping account of 617 squadron s activities from the dams raid through to the end of WW2 It also explores the feelings of the squadron survivors 70 years after the event.