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Commanding 617 Squadron

  • Wg Cdr John Butcher
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon


Commanding 617 Squadron is an absolute privilege.

Guy Gibson formed 617 Squadron in 1943.

He was under a lot of wartime pressure

to get that squadron ready with new technology.

I think if Gibson was to walk around the squadron today

he would be quite proud of the number of similarities

that probably exist to the 617 Squadron that he knew.

Bringing new technology into service on a relatively

short timeline that will change the way in which we fight,

I think really epitomizes what 617 Squadron stands for.

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