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Dambusters bomb washes up on beach

August 9, 2018 11:01 PM
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Dambusters bomb washes up on beach

A DAMBUSTERS bouncing bomb has been found on a Kent beach by a shocked father and son who were out catching crabs.

The area was used for test runs by heroic pilot Guy Gibson and his 617 squadron crews before the 1943 raid into the heart of Nazi Germany.

The prototype barrel-shaped Vickers type 464 bomb, codenamed Upkeep, is believed to have been dropped by an RAF Lancaster in the weeks before the daring Second World War mission.

Four-ton “bombs” filled with concrete were dropped during top-secret test runs in locations across Britain, including Wales, the Lake District and Kent.

Coastguard officers were called after the test bomb was discovered on a beach in Reculver, a village near Margate.

James Crouch was with his five-year-old son Freddie when they came across the strange object on Wednesday.


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