The cast of 'The Dam Busters' (Sir Michael Redgrave; Robert Shaw; possibly Peter St. Clair Assinder; Anthony Doonan; Brewster Mason; Richard Todd; Brian Nissen; Nigel Hector Munro Stock)

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The cast of 'The Dam Busters' (Sir Michael Redgrave; Robert Shaw; possibly Peter St. Clair Assinder; Anthony Doonan; Brewster Mason; Richard Todd; Brian Nissen; Nigel Hector Munro Stock)

by Unknown photographer
vintage press photograph, 1955
7 1/2 in. x 9 3/8 in. (189 mm x 237 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2012
Photographs Collection
NPG x137091

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Current affairs

Robert Anthony Eden becomes prime minister. In May 1955 Winston Churchill resigned due to ill health. His successor proved to be a similarly popular leader, winning an increased majority at the general election that year. Eden's popularity was due to a combination of his long wartime service, good looks and charm.

Art and science

Mary Quant introduces the 'Chelsea Look' with her Bazaar boutique. In the 1960s Quant was a major contributor to 'swinging London' introducing some of the seminal items of 1960s fashion: the miniskirt, hot pants, paint-box make-up and plastic raincoats.

International

West Germany joins NATO, prompting the East European Communist counties to respond by forming the Warsaw Pact. The signatories of the Warsaw Pact pledged to defend each other if any member was attacked. This development was a major event in the Cold War as it firmly established the East and West as opposing military powers.

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21 April 2017, 15:54

There are a few incorrect details here and other information that fills in the gaps in the actors photographed here. It looks like Barnes Wallis with the crew of the 'George' plane. From left to right Michael Redgrave (as Barnes Wallis)'; Robert Shaw 1927-1978 (flight engineer, as John Pulford); Brian Nissen 1927-2001(navigator, as Torger Taerum); Anthony Doonan (not Doogan) 1927- (wireless operator, as Robert Hutchinson); Brewster Mason 1922-1987 (rear gunner, as Richard Trevor-Roper), not Patrick Barr; Richard Todd 1919-2009 (pilot, as Guy Gibson); Peter Assinder 1922-2008 (front gunner, as Andrew Deering) and Nigel Stock 1919-1986 (bomb aimer, as Frederick Spafford)