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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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The carefully aimed bomb shattered the dam and caused catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley.<br />
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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.