Lancaster bomber crew prepares for action 70 years on in remarkable set of airfield pictures
World's last two airworthy Lancaster Bombers called Thumper and Vera fly over site where famous raid was practiced as a tribute to crews killed in Second World War
- Bombers swooped over the Derwent Dam in Derbyshire three times this afternoon as part of Southport Air Show
- Thumper, based in Lincolnshire, and Canadian Lancaster Vera united for tribute flight in the Peak District
- Thousands turned out to watch as they swooped three times over the same area Dambusters practiced in 1943
- Eight of the 19 planes and 53 of the 133 men were lost in the raid on May 16, 1943 but operation was morale boost
- Aircraft have come together for a series of events across the UK this summer including Duxford Air Show
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London furniture factory that built planes for both world wars: Amazing images show women and boys making aircraft wings...
- Women and young boys started making planes in the Hammersmith factory Waring & Gillow at the onset of WWI
- It also played a crucial role in WWII producing Mosquito bombers - the fastest aircraft in the world at the time
- The building was featured in Alfred Hitchcock's 1936 film Secret Agent as a Swiss chocolate factory