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In 1943 a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious raids in history - destroying two gigantic dams in Germany's industrial heartland and cutting the water supply to arms factories - with a revolutionary bouncing bomb invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis. Now, NOVA re-creates the extreme engineering challenges faced by Wallis and the pilots with the aid of spectacular experiments. Each represents a technical challenge that the Dambusters had to solve. A crack team of experts - from dam engineers to explosives specialists - will step into the shoes of the Dambusters and attempt to overcome each obstacle in turn. They will adapt a vintage DC4 to carry a bomb the size of an oil drum; train to drop it from a dangerously low altitude in pitch darkness; get it to bounce over obstacles and onto the target; and finally, at a test site in Canada with a 1:6 scale model of one of the German dams, try to repeat history.