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The Dam Busters

Flight Sgt. G.E. Powell
The British are desperate to shorten the length of WW2 and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target. Dramatization of an actual operation in World War II in which low level Bombers from England drop skimming bombs into reservoirs in the Ruhr water system to cause floods destroying much of Germany's industrial base.

  • Actor Character
  • Michael Redgrave Dr. Barnes N. Wallis, CBE, FRS
  • Ursula Jeans Mrs. Wallis
  • Charles Carson Doctor
  • Stanley Van Beers Sir David Pye, CB, FRS
  • Colin Tapley Dr. W.H. Glanville, CB, CBE
  • Frederick Leister Committee Member Eric Messiter Committee Member
  • Laidman Browne Committee Member
  • Raymond Huntley Official, National Physical Laboratory
  • Hugh Manning Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
  • Patrick Barr Capt. Joseph (Mutt) Summers, CBE
  • Edwin Styles Observer at trials
  • Hugh Moxey Observer at trials
  • Anthony Shaw RAF Officer at trials
  • Basil Sydney Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, GCB, OBE, AFC
  • Ernest Clark Air Vice-Marshal The Hon. Ralph Cochrane, GBE, KCB, AFC
  • Derek Farr Group Capt. J.N.H. Whitworth, DSO, DFC
  • Laurence Naismith Farmer
  • Harold Siddons Group Signals Officer
  • Frank Phillips BBC Announcer
  • Richard Todd Wing Cmdr. Guy Gibson, VC, DSO, DFC
  • Brewster Mason Flight Lt. R.D. Trevor-Roper, DFC, DFM
  • Anthony Doonan Flight Lt. R.E.G. Hutchison, DFC
  • Nigel Stock Flying Officer F.M. Spafford, DFC, DFM
  • Brian Nissen Flight Lt. A.T. Taerum, DFC
  • Robert Shaw Flight Sgt. J. Pulford, DFM
  • Peter Assinder PLT/OFF G.A. Deering, DFC
  • Richard Leech Squadron Leader H.M. Young, DFC
  • Richard Thorp Squadron Leader H.E. Maudslay, DFC
  • John Fraser Flight Lt. J.V. Hopgood, DFC
  • David Morrell Flight Lt. W. Astell, DFC
  • Bill Kerr Flight Lt. H.B. Martin, DSO, DFC, AFC
  • George Baker Flight Lt. D.J.H. Maltby, DSO, DFC
  • Ronald Wilson Flight Lt. D.J. Shannon, DSO, DFC
  • Denys Graham Flying Officer L.G. Knight, DSO
  • Basil Appleby Flight Lt. R.C. Hay, DFC
  • Tim Turner Flight Lt. J.F. Leggo, DFC
  • Ewen Solon Flight Sgt. G.E. Powell
  • Harold Goodwin Wing Cmdr. Gibson's Batman
  • Peter Diamond Tail Gunner
  • Arthur Howard RAF Pay Clerk In NAAFI
  • Patrick McGoohan Guard on Door
  • Nina Parry Barnes Wallace's daughter

Directed by
Michael Anderson
Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Paul Brickhillbook
Wing Commander Guy Gibsonbook Enemy Coast Ahead
R.C. Sherriff
Original Music by
Eric Coates("Dambusters march")
Leighton Lucas
Cinematography by
Erwin Hillier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Best
Casting by
Robert Lennard
G.B. Walker
Art Direction by
Robert Jones
Makeup Department
Hilda Fox hair stylist (as Hilda Winifred Fox)
Stuart Freeborn makeup artist
Production Management
Gordon Scott production manager
W.A. Whittaker production supervisor
Second Unit or Assistant Director
John Street assistant director
Sound Department
Leslie Hammond sound recordist
H.V. King recording director
Arthur Southgate dubbing editor
Special Effects by
George Blackwell special effects
Gilbert Taylor special effects photography
Visual Effects by
Ronnie Wass optical effects (uncredited)
Other crew
The Associated British Studio Orchestra musician
Robert Clarke director in charge of production (as Robert Clark)
Erwin Hillier aerial photographer
Louis Levy musical director
Thelma Orr continuity
Bob Penn still photographer
Norman Warwick camera operator
Group Captain J.N.H. Whitworth DSO DFC technical advisor
Eddie Frewin unit driver (uncredited)