When you join the RAF Memorial Flight Club, here’s what you will get straight away:
Visitor guide – the official guide to the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and its historic aircraft
Latest Club magazine – behind-the-scenes news and images from the Flight, plus some fascinating wartime history
Aircraft data sheets – specifications of the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster and Dakota
Member gifts – a membership card, pin badge, car sticker, wall planner, poster and pen.
Free aircraft hangar tours – show your membership card at the BBMF Visitor Centre, RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire and you can claim a free tour of the aircraft hangar. A tour normally costs £7 for adults.
Automatic entry into a monthly members’ ballot to win exclusive prizes such as VIP visits to the BBMF at RAF Coningsby, tickets to a BBMF flying-display event, prints and artwork signed by BBMF pilots, memorabilia signed by BBMF pilots, books, DVDs and other merchandise.
I’m pleased to announce that my new book, The Complete Dambusters, will be published by History Press on 1 May.
“On 16 May 1943, nineteen Lancaster aircraft from the RAF’s 617 Squadron set off to attack the great dams in the industrial heart of Germany. Flying at a height of 60ft, they dropped a series of bombs which bounced across the water and destroyed two of their targets, thereby creating a legend. The one-off operation combined an audacious method of attack, technically brilliant flying and visually spectacular results, but while the story of the raid is well known, most of the 133 men who took part in the raid are just names on a list. They came from all parts of the UK and the Commonwealth and beyond, and each of them was someone’s son or brother, husband or father. This is the first book to present their individual stories.” Continue reading →
“News…..from the appeal for a memorial near the spot on the Dutch coast where Melvin Young’s AJ-A was shot down returning from the Dams Raid, early in the morning of Monday 17 May 1943. Local organiser Jan van Dalen has announced that the appeal has now raised over €4600, and that a local stonemason has been commissioned.
The unveiling of the memorial will take place at 11.00 am local time on Friday 18 May 2018, at Castricum aan Zee.”Full details
Charles Foster reports that Peter Jackson’s remake of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, which has now been on the cards for almost 15 years, has been further delayed as the director now concentrates on his current movie project to bring new life to film footage shot during the First World War, held in the Imperial War Museum’s archives.
The film will premiere at the BFI London film festival, where it will be shown in 3D, before being shown on BBC One and sent to all schools for the 2018 autumn term
Charles takes a somewhat dim view of this news: “Everyone would agree that this is a very worthy venture, and that it will also showcase the cinematic techniques for which the Jackson team is justifiably famous. However, anyone with an interest in a certain other project which is supposed to be in his studio’s pipeline will feel more than a little deflated that this would now appear to be his priority. We are, of course, talking about the remake of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, which has now been on the cards for almost 15 (yes 15!) years.”
“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 →
As you may have seen or heard on the news, one of the last two men alive who took part in the Dams Raid, George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, was decorated this week with the MBE by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace investiture, following a campaign for Johhny’s recognition led by TV presenter Carol Vorderman, and a public petition.
Johnny, who was born in Hameringham, near Horncastle, joined the RAF aged 19 and flew 50 missions between 1942 and 1944 before retiring in 1962 to live in Bristol, having reached the rank of squadron leader. He was awarded the DFM in 1943, and an honorary doctorate at the University of Lincoln earlier this year. As well as attracting international press and media coverage, the story was reported by Charles Foster on his excellent Dambusters BlogContinue reading →