Lancaster crash story on video

Image courtesy George HorneI was recently reminded of a film called “Per Purum Tonantes”, made by a former student of mine at the Lincoln School of Media, George Horne. It’s an abridged version of a film he made about the night of the 18th February 1943, when Lancaster Bomber W4270 crashed in a farmer’s field during a training mission, resulting in the deaths of all seven of its crew. Lincolnshire historical researcher Di Ablewhite tells the story of how the film came to be made.

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Join the RAF Memorial Flight Club!

What a good idea!

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.

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New Dambusters Book

Image courtesy Charles FosterFrom Charles Foster:

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

Adult Education Horncastle celebrates 100 years of the RAF

Adult Education Horncastle are hosting a Festival of Talks 2018, starting in April. “This year we celebrate each of the 100 years of the RAF. QEGS Horncastle continues on its well established and glorious journey alongside the RAF in Lincolnshire.  Being well placed in the centre of the county QEGS has welcomed hundreds of air force children through its doors, where it has nurtured them for however long their parents have been stationed in the area. In Adult Ed we do our part and help with training to ease the way back to Civvy Street.  Many members of staff continue to have affiliation with the RAF.  We celebrate them all!  Keep a look out on all media for updates…”

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Dutch Dambuster memorial opening announced

From Charles Foster – Dambusters blog:Image courtesy Charles Foster

“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


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International Bomber Command memorial video

Here’s a clever video about the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, posted on Facebook by BBC Look North: (Click on the loudspeaker icon to hear the music.)

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Dams Raid 75th Anniversary

From the Dambusters Blog:

Preparations are now in hand for events next summer to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dams Raid. The first dates have now been announced:



Saturday 12 May 2018. The 617 Squadron Association Annual Dams Dinner will be held at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, for members of the Association and invited guests.

Sunday 13 May 2018, 10.00am. 617 Squadron Association Annual Wreath-laying Ceremony and Service, 617 Squadron War Memorial, Woodhall Spa. Members of the public welcome. Continue reading