617: Going to War with Today's Dambusters.pdf
Tim Bouquet is a journalist and author and has reported on conflicts, organised crime and takeover battles across the world for leading titles including the TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE, the TIMES MAGAZINE, the IRISH TIMES and ESQUIRE. He also broadcasts and teaches journalism and creative writing. He lives on the south coast of England.
In May 1943, 617 Squadron RAF executed one of the most daring operations in military history as bombers mounted a raid against hydro-electric dams in Germany. 617 Squadron became a Second World War legend. Nearly 70 years later, in April 2011, a new generation of elite flyers, now flying supersonic Tornado GR4 bombers, was deployed to Afghanistan - their mission: to provide close air support to troops on the ground. Tim Bouquet was given unprecedented access to 617's pre-deployment training and blistering tour in Afghanistan. From dramatic air strikes to the life-and-death search for IEDs and low-flying shows of force designed to drive insurgents from civilian cover, he tracked every mission - and the skill, resilience, banter and exceptional airmanship that saw 617 through.