War is always a terrible thing. But, coming from a military city like Portsmouth, you know it’s something that has always happened and will always be a threat.
So while it’s right to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid – Operation Chastise – it’s also right to remember the people on both sides who died that day.
Out of the 133 airmen who went on the raid, 53 died.
When the dams broke, more than 1,300 people lost their lives when the Ruhr Valley was flooded.
The jury is still out on the success of the operation (it had a huge impact on German war output, but didn’t stop it completely).
But either way, it is right we should mark the efforts and sacrifice made by so many that day.