Air Force T-Shirt Dam Busters Code Name Operation Chastise

Air Force T-Shirt Dam Busters Code Name Operation Chastise


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Air Force T-Shirt Dam Busters Code Name Operation Chastise

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This Ultra cotton® 50% Cotton 50% Polyester crewneck Airforce t shirt features the Dam Busters, one of the most innovative raids of World War II. Operation Chastise was bold and daring raid designed to best destroy three dams in the Ruhr Valley, the heartland of German industry. The operation was carried out on the night May 16–17 1943 by Royal Air Force Squadron No. 617 which was made up from aircrew from Britain, Canada, Australia and the U.S.A. with 24-year-old Wing Commander Guy Gibson as the Commanding Officer.

Although the dams were heavily protected by anti-aircraft guns and torpedo nets in the water to thwart any aerial torpedo attacks, the 617 squadron flying in modified Avro Lancaster bombers had a secret weapon: The bouncing “Betty” bomb created by British Engineer Barnes Wallis.  This drum shaped bomb (codenamed ‘Up Keep’) needed to be dropped from a height of 60 feet (18 m) at a speed of 232 mph (373 km/h) to be successful. The bouncing Betty was designed to spin backwards across the surface of the water like a skipping stone to get over the torpedo nets.  Once in made contact with the dam, it would drive down the wall of the dam like a depth charge and explode at its base.

Of the 133 aircrew that took part 53 men were killed and three became POWs.  As a result of the flooding, 1268 people were killed, including 700 Russian slave laborers / labourers.

Although the impact on industrial production was limited, the Dam Busters raid gave a huge morale boost to the people of the United Kingdom.

The surviving aircrew of the 617 Squadron came home heroes and Canadian Guy Gibson was awarded the highest military honour / honor, the Victoria Cross.

We strive to best keep history alive, one t -shirt at a time, the front of the shirts features a four colour / color process, which really pops out the detail in the T-shirt art and wherein is seen the iconic AVRO Lancaster bomber completing its mission. The back of the shirt has the story of the Dam Busters in a point form.  We used Lancaster’s and little bouncing Betty bombs as our bullets to emphasize the text.

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