Macallan RAF 617 Squadron Disbandment Edition / The Dambusters
617 are one of the most historic squadrons of the Royal Air Force who were originally active between March 1943 and March 2014. The squadron took part in some of the most significant moments of the Second World War and would also go on to fight in the Gulf War of 1991 and the Iraq campaign of 2003.
They will however be most famously remembered for Operation Chastise which would earn them the nickname of The Dambusters.
On the evening of 16th May 1943, 19 Lancaster bombers lead by Wing Commander Guy Gibson carried out a darning raid with the mission of destroying several German dams. They were carrying a new purpose-built "bouncing bomb" which was developed by engineer Barnes Wallis. The squadron successfully destroyed two dams and badly damaged another. They did however suffer great losses with 8 aircraft shot down and 53 crew killed.
This very rare Macallan was produced to commemorate the end of the squadron in 2014.
The squadron reformed on 18 April 2018 and still exists today.
Bottle number 232 of 260.