Tornado tail art to commemorate 617 "Dambuster" Squadron unveiled by television presenter Dan Snow
Historian and television presenter Dan Snow has unveiled special tail art on an RAF Tornado jet to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the famous 617 “Dambuster” Squadron.
Mr Snow revealed the tail art at RAF Coningsby this morning and was also given the rare opportunity to fly in the Tornado and experience how today’s 617 Sqn undertakes precise modern day operational flying.
He also revealed he may be going up in the BBMF Lancaster during the raid anniversary this May.
“For a massive history geek like me it is a huge honour to be here today and unveiling this tail art," he said.
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“What is so exciting is that 617 squadron is still fulfilling the mission they were set when they were first formed in 1943 – to concentrate on a specific target and be precise."
Mr Snow talked about the momentous day 70 years ago when 617 Squadron was formed, explaining their task represented a step-change in aerial bombing tactics towards strategic strikes that would disarm the German war machine.
He added that back in 1943 prior to this raid only a tiny proportion of bombs hit their target.
And he said that this raid helped to turn the tide of the Second World War in favour of the Allies.