On the night of 16 on 17 May 1943, during operation Chastise, a bombing raid of the RAF on German dams. With so-called bouncing bombs, Guy Gibson and his squadron succeeded in breaking through two of these dams; the Möhne- and Eder dam.

The Sorpe Dam was also bombed but wasn't heavily damaged as the Möhne- and Eder Dam.

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