Sometimes we find Canadians in the most unlikely of places. During the Second World War, within the crews of airmen responsible for breaching the Ruhr dams of Nazi Germany, there were thirty Canadians. In 1943, these men, along with about a hundred others, took to the skies in May 1943 aboard nineteen Lancaster Bombers to drop the now infamous bouncing bombs that would devastate enemy power plants, factories and German infrastructure after blowing up several dams. Now known as the Dam Busters, in this interview, Ted Barris discusses the deeds of these Canadian airmen and legacies they left behind.
Ted Barris is a journalist and award-winning author of 18 books. He lives in Oxbow, Ontario.
Ted Barris. Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid on Nazi Germany (Toronto: HarperCollins, 2018).