Dam buster bowser to star in film

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An aircraft fuel bowser that fuelled the famous dam buster bomb squadron has been bought by a film company as a prop for a film about the epic RAF raid on Germany's dams during World War 2.

The 1943 AEC (see C&SC Auctions, July) went under the hammer at Richard Edmonds Auctions on 11 June for £19,250 - some £4250 over its £10 - 15,000 estimate.

It is the sole survivor of the six bowsers that fuelled the Lancaster bombers of  the RAF's 617 squadron for its dare-devil raid to demolish the walls of the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany back in 1943.

The result at Richard Edmonds' Castle Combe sale came after the film company (which doesn't want to be named) out bid an aviation museum, keen on putting the bowser on display.

See: www.richardedmondsauctions.com for more.

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