Dambusters: a complete list of everyone who took part in Operation Chastise

The earlier blog entry here is now out of date.

There is now a complete list of all the aircrew who took part in Operation Chastise (the Dams Raid) at my companion Complete Dambusters website. Each of the entries there links back to an individual profile of the man concerned published in the Dambuster of the Day feature on this blog. You can also find individual names by looking in the Categories listing on the right of the page.
Some raw figures extracted from this list:

  • 133 men took part in Operation Chastise (the Dams Raid); 19 crews each of 7 men.
  • Eight crews were lost; 53 men were killed, 3 were taken prisoner.
  • Eighty men survived the raid.
  • Of these, 22 were killed serving in 617 Squadron later in the war and 10 more were killed while serving with other squadrons.
  • Only 48 men who took part in the raid survived the war.

I should stress that this is very much a work in progress. Some individual entries point to a range of active internet resources, and I can give no guarantee as to accuracy of content on outside links. Corrections and suggestions for other entries are most welcome! Contact me here.

20 thoughts on “Dambusters: a complete list of everyone who took part in Operation Chastise

  1. Adam Maltby September 20, 2008 / 10:54 am

    Hello, I found your blog on the web and was struck by some odd coincidences. My name is Adam Maltby, I am a Blackhawk Pilot in the US Army, currently in Afghanistan. Of the 500,000 soldiers in the Army, there are only 5 Maltbys. Three of us are pilots and not obviously related to each other. My 1 yr old son’s name is David Maltby. Maltby is not a very common name here, thought you may be interested.

  2. Carol Hill May 9, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    Does any one have any info about the work that had to be done to the aircraft to make them ready to deploy the “bouncing bombs”? My dad, Frank Eric Mills was involved in that work.

  3. Sandra Cardwell October 4, 2013 / 5:18 pm

    My uncle Jack Barnes was a technician with the 617. Small thing I know, but he was very proud to have had the honour of mending Guy Gibsons watch……. I have copies of a photographs he took whilst with the squadron. Some ground crew, some air crew and odd two or three of persons who may be known to people out there. Would be happy to forward them to you.

    • Stephanie Lawton March 29, 2018 / 9:12 am

      Hi my name is Stephanie Lawton, I work as an unpaid volunteer Exhibition Officer at the Solway Aviation Museum, Carlisle, Cumbria (Registered Charity) I am in the process of putting a 75th Anniversary display of the Dambusters Raid together. I would be very interested in the images you talk about. Would it be possible for me to use them, with your permission. I would acknowledge copyright etc.

      • Sandra Cardwell March 29, 2018 / 10:46 pm

        Unfortunately, due to a dead computer I am having difficulty locating the photographs. I will go through my photo CDs and get back in touch if found. Wishing you success in this venture.
        Sandra Cardwell

  4. gary thomas April 11, 2015 / 1:07 am

    I have photo of trevor ropers name on local cenotaph in caergwrle flintshire north Wales.his family at the time apparently lived in PLAS TEG…Google it.fascinating as he was born on IOW Shanklin.

    • Joseph Harold Pilkington January 7, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks Gary I live in prestatyn I will definitely have a ride across and view the war memorial.
      Did you know that Guy Gibson’s fight enginer John Pulford is buried in Hull .

  5. Maggie January 21, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    When I was in Half Moon Bay harbour America ,some years ago I was talking to an Australian he told me his mother was a pilot taking aircraft to where ever they were needed during the wwii His best friend wanted to learn to fly and his mother taught him .He later became a Dambuster surviving the raid indeed the war

  6. David Russell August 12, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Just followed up Flt Sgt Charles Walpole Roberts Navigator on AJ- A Found his name on the War Memorial in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin North Repps north Norfolk. Have is birth certificate born 19January 1921, Anyone like a pic of the inscription of this.

    • Joseph Harold Pilkington August 20, 2017 / 10:05 am

      I would very much like to see the inscription on the war memorial of Flt Sgt Robert’s .

  7. charlesfoster August 13, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Thank you for this information. I would very much like to see Roberts’s birth certificate. I will email you separately. CF

  8. Sally mail August 23, 2017 / 11:30 am

    David Maltby was my mothers first cousin. So pleased to have come across this blog so I can find out more information about the dambusters.

  9. valerie May 7, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    Hi everyone..this is a shot in the dark, but my uncle told my husband some stories about being part of the ground crew for 617, including stories about meeting Guy Gibson.
    My uncle passed away some year ago now, so I’ve lost the opportunity to hear his stories. His name was Edward Senior from London.
    I’ve anyone has any pictures, documents, listing of ground crew, or know where I might be able to find such information, I’d be eternally grateful. I’m trying to put together a gift for his daughter about her dad.

  10. Raymond Ducker May 23, 2019 / 1:17 pm

    My wifes patents were at Scampto with 617 squadren her dad was a medic and her mum was a waaf cook we cannot find any record or pictures of them their names were miss F Spir and A.R. Upham who later got wed

  11. Angela August 5, 2019 / 9:53 pm

    My grandfather was James Clay DFC. Amazing man. Miss him to this day.

    • Shaun Sheridan August 6, 2019 / 9:16 am

      Hi Angela. My name is Shaun Sheridan and I live in NSW Australia. Thank you for keeping the memory of those young heroes alive. Most of my family fought in the war in all theatres including Al Alamein, The Battle of North Cape and so on. I’ve raised my children to remember that we owe our today’s to them. Again thank you so much for your commitment to their memory. As a young boy they were my heroes.
      Best Wishes
      Shaun Sheridan

  12. Dr Richard L Peacocke September 10, 2019 / 1:17 pm


    Thank you for your work. I saw this typo and thought I should let you know:-

    Sgt R E Grayston
    Flight engineer
    Survived Dams Raid
    Born 13 October 1918, Dunsfold, Surrey
    Died 15 April 1910, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire – obviously should be 2010!

    Best wishes,


    • charlesfoster September 10, 2019 / 1:24 pm

      Thanks, Richard, now fixed. CF

  13. Simon Fysh September 24, 2019 / 7:58 am

    I have just read Max Hastings new book called Chastise
    It is a fascinating read from a great writer and objective historian. He pulls no punches when describing the heroic young boys ,and they were mostly young boys who gave their lives on what was a unique raid fraught with utmost peril

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