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The bomb release button which launched the famous 'bouncing bomb' that destroyed a German dam during the legendary Dambusters raid has sold for more than £40,000.
This device was triggered by bomb aimer John Fort on board Lancaster bomber ED 906 AJ-J which scored a decisive hit on the Mohne Dam during Operation Chastise.
The carefully aimed bomb shattered the dam and caused catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley.
It sold on Saturday at JP Humbert Auctioneers, of Whittlebury, Northamptonshire, for a hammer price of £32,000, which works out as £40,640 with fees.