Scampton closure: Charles Foster comments

Image courtesy Charles FosterTaken as a whole, the airfield is a vast space, big enough for a 9,000ft runway, so any development could well be done piecemeal. It is to be hoped that, if it is to be sold, consideration is given to the preservation of enough of RAF Scampton’s historic features to make a fitting tribute to the generations of personnel who have served there over the last 100 years.

Wise words perhaps from Charles, Dambusters Blog writer and nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby. Essential reading for all those disappointed by the latest government announcement that RAF Scampton is to close by 2022, leading to the relocation of the Red Arrows and the other RAF personnel who work there.

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Dam Busters film director dies (and the back story!)

A fascinating new post from Charles Foster’s Dambusters Blog:

“It’s sad to have to report that the film director Michael Anderson died on Wednesday night, at the age of 98. He was best known to readers of this blog as the director of the 1955 film, The Dam Busters, but this was just part of his long career in the film business. At the time of his death he was the oldest living Oscar nominee for best director.”

“By the early 1950s, he was under contract as a director to Britain’s biggest film studio, Associated British Pictures, for whom he would eventually produce five films. ABP had bought the rights to Paul Brickhill’s best-selling book, The Dam Busters and commissioned a script from the writer of Journey’s End, R C Sherriff. Anderson was selected as director”

“What is not widely known………is that the film was nearly scuppered by a contractual dispute with Guy Gibson’s widow, Eve, after the shooting was completed. Continue reading

Dambusters news

Charles Foster, nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby, has recently published  some new stories on his Dambusters blog, which you may find interesting:

 

 

 

Hopgood’s Shoolboy Diary

“If you are looking for a Christmas present for the Dambusters aficionado (or Old Marlburian) in your life, then you might be interested in this limited edition of Flt Lt John Hopgood’s schoolboy diary……” Continue reading

Dambuster bomb test site revealed

Charles Foster has come up with another Dambusters gem – a 1/50 scale model of the Möhne Damme, built with great secrecy in the winter of 1940–41 in the secluded grounds of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in Garston, near Watford. The concrete model was designed by Barnes Wallis, who had been put in touch with the BRE and RRL team. Used to try out possible ways of blowing up the real dam, the repaired model was on show last weekend.

Full story on the Dambusters Blog