But as I reveal in a new book the Dambusters never went away. Whatever the problem they would find a solution to it. Wing Commander Keith Taylor, a veteran of seven operational tours of Iraq, had just taken over as boss of the Dambusters, his first squadron command, when I visited Lossiemouth to begin the research for a book that would take me with to Kandahar Airfield, southern Afghanistan, in That more pressing business was months of gruelling training in the UK, flying sorties over the Highlands, followed by four months in the heat and dust of Afghanistan.
Twenty-six pilots and navigators plus engineers would work in shifts around the clock delivering a hour, seven-days-a-week flying programme. In Afghanistan they are summoned by computer for six-hour sorties with air-to-air refuelling. Gibson would have relished it.
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