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

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From the Woodhall Spa notice boards: Year End 2017

Before you get stuck into the turkey and plum pudding, here’s our last selection of events for this year:

 

 

 

November 18: Christmas Fayre at the community centre in Alexandra Road, 10.30am to 3pm

 

 

November 21

Music for Woodhall’s guest performer will be international organist Chris Stanbury. Chris will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225. Website Continue reading

Johnny Johnson goes to the Palace

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 Blog Continue reading

Remember the two Lancasters flying over the Petwood?

Look what popped up on Facebook the other day – “a short clip from 2014 of the “two Lanc’s” flying over Petwood Hotel. Used as the officers mess for 617 Sqn not only is it steeped in history the building and gardens are beautiful. The video is courtesy of Chf Insp Phil Vickers of Lincolnshire Police – many thanks.”

“The last two airworthy Lancaster Bombers took to Lincolnshire skies together on August 13 as part of their UK Bomber Tour. 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

Scampton Air Show – update

By most accounts Linconshire’s new air show was a big hit, attracting over 50,000 visitors last weekend. Some of the best coverage was by the Lincolnite, so follow these links for some brilliant photos and videos:

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Inaugural Scampton Air Show

After three years without an air show in Lincolnshire, this weekend you can come and be thrilled by a unique mix of modern military jets, historic warbirds, civilian display acts, the RAF Falcons – the UK’s premier military parachute team, all joining the world-famous Red Arrows performing at their home base! The inaugural Scampton Airshow takes place on 9 -10 September 2017. RAF Scampton will play host to up to 100 aircraft over the airshow weekend, both in the air and on the ground. Buy your tickets here (You must book in advance – no tickets on the door!)

Visitors will be immersed in a feast of aviation, meeting crews from around the world, getting up close to aircraft in the static park, as well as experiencing the amazing 5 hour flying display including the exhilarating take-off and landing! This new event will be raising funds to support the RAF Charitable Trust. Continue reading