Heroic Dambusters crews immortalised in photographic gallery
All 133 airmen who flew in the Dambusters' raid over Germany in 1943 have been immortalised by a photographic tribute.
Researchers from the BBC have contacted relatives and enthusiasts to track down images of the 617 Squadron crews who flew from RAF Scampton near Lincoln in the early hours of May 17, 1943.
As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations which began three months ago, photographs of all the men who took part in the epic raid have been published for the first time.
They show the faces of the brave and determined young aviators who left the Lincolnshire base in 19 iconic Lancaster bombers for the night-time raid which breached two dams in the industrial Ruhr Valley.
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And the on-line gallery is a stark reminder that eight aircraft were lost, 53 men died, three were captured - and 32 more were killed in operations before the end of the conflict.
The heroic seven-man Lancaster crews had no choice but to fly low over the French coast and deep into Germany.
On the way they had to navigate obstacles including mountains, electricity cables - and very accurate anti-aircraft batteries.
As told in the landmark 1955 movie, they successfully dropped a number of the extraordinary four-tonne 'skipping' depth charges - which were nicknamed 'the bouncing bombs'.
And only three airmen - George 'Johnny' Johnson, Les Munro and Frederick Sutherland - are still alive.
But BBC News worked with family members now living all over the world and historians to assemble the complete line-up of the 13 gather the images since the 70th anniversary earlier this year.
Greig Watson from the production team said: "The original idea was to show the human face of a story which is now close to mythology.
"It is easy to talk about the cost of the raids and the youth of the crews but to see the faces, to almost look into their eyes, really brings home their sacrifice and bravery.
"My thanks go out to all the families and organisations across the globe who have allowed us to publish this lasting tribute to those who took part in one of the most famous and fascinating events of the Second World War."