30 August 2001
Thirty-five deaths in the infamous Lynmouth flood disaster came only days after RAF rain-making experiments over southern England, it has emerged.
Ninety million tonnes of water swept down the narrow valley into Lynmouth on 15 August, 1952, destroying whole buildings.
Now, a BBC investigation has confirmed that secret experiments were causing heavy rainfall.
Classified documents on the trials have gone missing, but people involved have told their story for the BBC Radio Four’s Document programme.
Click here to listen to the programme.