RIP Dr Mary Stopes-Roe

Dambusters Blogger Charles Foster has told us that there will be a public service of celebration for the life of Dr Mary Stopes-Roe at 1.30pm on Wednesday 12 June at St Mary’s Church, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8HW.

“Mary Eyre Wallis was born in York in 1927, the second of the four children of Barnes and Molly Wallis. When her father’s job at Vickers took him to Brooklands in Surrey, the family moved to nearby Effingham. Mary went away to boarding school at Godolphin School in Salisbury, and was a pupil there in the run up to the Dams Raid in 1943.             Continue reading

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The Dambusters outdoor screening

The Petwood Hotel and the Kinema in the woods are proud to present an outdoor screening of Michael Anderson’s wartime epic ‘The Dam Busters’ starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave. Friday 17th May 2019 is the day for your diary and the show begins at 9.00pm in the grounds of the Petwood Hotel. Tickets are only available directly from the Kinema in Woods. Book online here

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Good News for Dambusters fans

After a decade of disappointments, Dambusters blogger Charles Foster is happy about the prospects of a new film based on James Holland’s 2012 book, Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the Dams 1943: “Director Peter Jackson’s recent announcement that he is pressing on with his project to remake The Dam Busters film has been widely welcomed. “It’s just a great story. It’s always been a great story,” he told the Daily Telegraph on Thursday. “But it’s an even greater story now than it was in 1955 because back then there was still so much of the story that was under The Official Secrets Act.”

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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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Meet The Complete Dambusters author in Lincoln this week

Charles Foster writes:

I’m looking forward to meeting other Dams Raid aficionados this coming Tuesday, 10 July, at two events in Lincoln.The first is at 3pm in the International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Hill. The second is at 6pm in Waterstone’s Bookshop, High Street. At both events I will be talking about the research that went into my new book, The Complete Dambusters, and also signing copies.

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New website: Top ten RAF warplanes

From the Sopwith Camel to the Eurofighter Typhoon via the Avro Lancaster, here’s a present for RAF warplane enthusiasts. Fine illustrations, fascinating videos, clear technical information, concise writing, interesting quotes.  Aircraft Of The RAF, A Tour Of The Royal Air Force’s Top 10 Planes, by Greg Allwood and James Knapman, from The Forces Network.

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Dambusters blog catch up

Dambusters blogger Charles Foster writes about his new book:

In Lincoln, for one night only

If you are based in or near the city of Lincoln, you are welcome to come along to a talk and signing session I am doing at the city’s Waterstone’s bookshop on Tuesday 10 July at 6.30pm. I will be telling some of the family stories I came across while researching my Complete Dambusters book as well as showing some pictures which weren’t used in the final publication. I will also be debunking some of the often-repeated mythical stories about how the men who took part in the Dams Raid were chosen.

Salute to Mr Gardenshed                Continue reading