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20180516

Did the RAF's finest hour shorten the Second World War?

The most famous bombing mission in history was an operational success, but did the bouncing bomb do anything to shorten the Second World War?

Decades on from 617 Squadron's raid on the Ruhr dams, historians still disagree over the real effects of one of the RAF's finest hours.

Journalist Gerry Northam explores the history behind celluloid images of our past.

Producer: John Byrne

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

20180517

Did the RAF's finest hour shorten the Second World War?

The most famous bombing mission in history was an operational success, but did the bouncing bomb do anything to shorten the Second World War?

Decades on from 617 Squadron's raid on the Ruhr dams, historians still disagree over the real effects of one of the RAF's finest hours.

Journalist Gerry Northam explores the history behind celluloid images of our past.

Producer: John Byrne

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.