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(BBC-US) Hero The UK's last surviving Dambuster breaks on through   (bbc.com) divider line
    More: Hero, Essen, Veteran, Ruhr, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bomber Command, truly humble man, friend John Nichol, war veteran  
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2460 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Dec 2022 at 10:20 AM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-12-08 10:26:49 AM  
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2022-12-08 10:27:05 AM  
Damn.

RIP, good sir.
 
2022-12-08 10:27:56 AM  
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/salute
 
2022-12-08 10:29:01 AM  
One of these days we'll be down to the last WWII survivor and the world will have a different feel to it when he is gone.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice Sir.
 
2022-12-08 10:30:20 AM  
It was sad to hear what happened to his dog.
 
2022-12-08 10:30:57 AM  
Played the hell out of this as a kid. God speed good sir.
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2022-12-08 10:31:13 AM  
133 men trained for and flew these dam busting missions in WWII. The 1955 movie told their tale. In the early 2000s Peter Jackson bought the movie rights to remake it.

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2022-12-08 10:33:15 AM  
Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.
 
2022-12-08 10:38:44 AM  
I hope that squadrons of Valkyries escorted him as he left this plane.
 
2022-12-08 10:39:04 AM  

Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.


hiatler used the Ruhr Valley as the economic engine for his war machine. The bombing of British cities killed over 40,000 civilians so take your indignation and fark right off with it.
 
2022-12-08 10:40:38 AM  
A level of bravery most of today's "men" could never grasp, nor achieve.
 
2022-12-08 10:42:40 AM  

Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.


Yes they were innocent civilians, but the Nazis were using their forced labor as human shields. Also, the raid was and is legal under the Geneva Convention, which states an attack on a dam that would kill civilians is legal "if [the dam] is used for other than its normal function and in regular, significant and direct support of military operations and if such attack is the only feasible way to terminate such support".
 
2022-12-08 10:42:45 AM  
What a fantastic WWII photo.
Good job to whoever cleaned it up.

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2022-12-08 10:42:58 AM  
Remember, the Force will be with you.

Always.
 
2022-12-08 10:46:43 AM  

Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.


it would be more helpful if your outrage was directed against those who want to wage war, rather than those who want to stop it.

I have yet to meet a happy vet.
 
2022-12-08 10:49:30 AM  
Thankfully there's already a tasteful memorial
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2022-12-08 10:50:32 AM  

jmr61: One of these days we'll be down to the last WWII survivor and the world will have a different feel to it when he is gone.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice Sir.


We still have a battle of Britain survivor, he's just a 103.

Won't get on the cart.

/John Hemingway, of Dublin.
 
2022-12-08 10:53:51 AM  

Mithraic_bullshiat: Thankfully there's already a tasteful memorial[Fark user image 425x604]


What on the fark am I looking at?
 
2022-12-08 10:54:50 AM  

Someone Else's Alt: What a fantastic WWII photo.
Good job to whoever cleaned it up.

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I'd also like to commend whoever took this photo in TFA
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2022-12-08 10:55:41 AM  
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2022-12-08 10:55:58 AM  

Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.


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such edge. many that.
 
2022-12-08 11:01:49 AM  

DRTFA: Someone Else's Alt: What a fantastic WWII photo.
Good job to whoever cleaned it up.

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I'd also like to commend whoever took this photo in TFA
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Holy macaroni, potentially the first good looking British human ever lol.
 
2022-12-08 11:02:47 AM  

Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.


I agree with your sentiment, but all wars kill civilians. When your country is the aggressor, your civilians become the target because they build the weapons, work the hospitals, and otherwise provide support for the aggression. The more support you can take from your enemy, usually in the form of civilian workforce, the more likely you are to win. Soldiers can be drafted/conscripted, that person who was a civilian last month is now a soldier.

War sucks. Plain and simple. The goal is to make it suck more for the other guy.
 
2022-12-08 11:07:15 AM  

devine: It was sad to hear what happened to his dog.


I really enjoy steering conversations about the Dambusters back to the unfortunately-named mascot.

The reason it sucks so much is that there is no way you can make a modern version of the film and keep the name of the dog the same, and as weird and racist as it is to say, it kind of robs the team of some of their unique character.  The film The Dambusters is one of my top five WW2 films for sure.
 
2022-12-08 11:12:30 AM  

tuxq: Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.

I agree with your sentiment, but all wars kill civilians. When your country is the aggressor, your civilians become the target because they build the weapons, work the hospitals, and otherwise provide support for the aggression. The more support you can take from your enemy, usually in the form of civilian workforce, the more likely you are to win. Soldiers can be drafted/conscripted, that person who was a civilian last month is now a soldier.

War sucks. Plain and simple. The goal is to make it suck more for the other guy.


You're right, sadly. Having been in one and gone to War College, and someone that has Sun Tzu on the bedside table, this is sadly true. The general goal is not to directly attack civilian locations, but it farking happens. My country US is really guilty of gigantic farkups in this regard, from random jerks' weddings getting drone striked to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the US is only 250 years old. British imperialism and the British Empire's history of mass murder of wholesale countries, tribes, races, towns, villages is 800 years old lol.
 
2022-12-08 11:15:31 AM  

tuxq: Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.

I agree with your sentiment, but all wars kill civilians. When your country is the aggressor, your civilians become the target because they build the weapons, work the hospitals, and otherwise provide support for the aggression. The more support you can take from your enemy, usually in the form of civilian workforce, the more likely you are to win. Soldiers can be drafted/conscripted, that person who was a civilian last month is now a soldier.

War sucks. Plain and simple. The goal is to make it suck more for the other guy.


Ahh... target the hospitals. Very good. That will make them want to give up.
 
2022-12-08 11:18:16 AM  

fullyautomatic: Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Fark off and do some serious reading.
 
2022-12-08 11:20:48 AM  

tuxq: Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.

I agree with your sentiment, but all wars kill civilians.


I've read a few people trying to justify the cruel actions of Russia against civilians in Ukraine by saying "It's war"
 
2022-12-08 11:24:14 AM  

Red Shirt Blues: fullyautomatic: Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Fark off and do some serious reading.


? My point was valid lol. Those were legit military targets but it's not like those weren't cities with civilians lol. The point is civilians get farked in wars. Pearl Harbor was a legit military target from their perspective, but lots of random civilians died at it.
 
2022-12-08 11:27:14 AM  
It isn't that they attacked Pearl Harbor, it's that they did it early on a Sunday morning when they knew we would all be hung over af.

That was just mean.
 
2022-12-08 11:27:15 AM  
I really really hope this wasn't the guy that named the squadron's dog.
 
2022-12-08 11:32:00 AM  

neofonz: I really really hope this wasn't the guy that named the squadron's dog.


No, that was Guy Gibson. This guy (Johnson) did not name the dog nor did he transmit the N-word in morse code.
 
2022-12-08 11:46:01 AM  
Porkins NOOOOOOOO!
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2022-12-08 11:47:33 AM  

Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.


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2022-12-08 11:58:44 AM  
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2022-12-08 12:01:54 PM  
ANTFA did a lot a damage on WW2
 
2022-12-08 12:22:08 PM  

devine: Mithraic_bullshiat: Thankfully there's already a tasteful memorial[Fark user image 425x604]

What on the fark am I looking at?


I owned one of them.  Incredibly tasteless but a great talking point.
 
2022-12-08 12:49:41 PM  

studebaker hoch: Remember, the Force will be with you.

Always.


For anybody in the audience who is one of today's lucky ten thousand:

Star Wars Origins: The Dam Busters - Side by Side Scene Comparison
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/ I recommend Kirby Ferguson's Everything is a Remix series from 2011 on YouTube.
 
2022-12-08 1:20:43 PM  

devine: It was sad to hear what happened to his dog.


I understood that reference.
 
2022-12-08 1:58:37 PM  

studebaker hoch: tuxq: Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.

I agree with your sentiment, but all wars kill civilians.

I've read a few people trying to justify the cruel actions of Russia against civilians in Ukraine by saying "It's war"


If the Russians are attacking actual military targets they can legitimately say that. If they are intentionally attacking civilian targets with the goal of going after civilians then they can't.  And they are most definitely going after civilians.

/I'm sure the actual heroes in the WWII raid would have loved a magical way to only harm German industry, but the reality was that there was none. And the actions saved Allied lives.
 
2022-12-08 2:00:09 PM  

studebaker hoch: tuxq: Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.

I agree with your sentiment, but all wars kill civilians.

I've read a few people trying to justify the cruel actions of Russia against civilians in Ukraine by saying "It's war"


I've read a lot of comments on Fark that violence against Russian citizens is justified because of their government's actions. Assholes gonna ass.
 
2022-12-08 2:14:28 PM  

nottheusual1: A level of bravery most of today's "men" could never grasp, nor achieve.


Though there are probably a few Ukrainians who could give him a run for his money.
 
2022-12-08 2:22:51 PM  

Only You Can See This: devine: Mithraic_bullshiat: Thankfully there's already a tasteful memorial[Fark user image 425x604]

What on the fark am I looking at?

I owned one of them.  Incredibly tasteless but a great talking point.


Are you still paying the £49.50 a month?
 
2022-12-08 3:16:34 PM  
I would pay drew five dollars a month to whack subby in the peepee with the judge hammer.

Magnificent and offensive at the same time.
 
2022-12-08 3:57:15 PM  
The story of the dambusters is truly jaw dropping when you read what they did. Already Bomber Command was a 50/50 chance of survival. These guys did an incredible job, with a brilliantly creative weapon.
 
2022-12-08 4:21:35 PM  
The entire thing is worth a watch, but this bit... Oomph in the feels.

RAF Sunset Ceremony
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2022-12-08 7:01:14 PM  

Clash City Farker: Yay! Mass murder of innocent civilians.


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2022-12-09 4:41:16 AM  

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I wish I could funny that twice.
 
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