BETWEEN Sunday, May 12 and Saturday, May 18 next year, I will be leading a coach party from the north of England to Lincolnshire, Holland and Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid by 617 Squadron in 1943.
In Lincolnshire, we will visit RAF Scampton, 617 Squadron’s base, where we will see Guy Gibson’s office and the Squadron museum. We will be staying in the hotel where 617 Squadron had its officers’ mess.
We will also visit the Battle of Britain Memorial flight base to see the Lancaster, Spitfires and Hurricanes. In addition, we will visit the Lincolnshire Aviation centre to have a close up look at a Lancaster bomber.
We travel from Hull to Holland, staying in Arnhem. In Holland we will visit the Hartenstein Arnhem museum, Guy Gibson’s grave at Steenbergen, and the Reichswald Forest cemetery, where many of the Dambusters crews are buried, before we cross the Rhine to follow the Dambusters’ flightpath into Germany.
In Germany, we stay near the Mohne Dam and will have a detailed look at the events and consequences of the raid.
There will be local pick-up points and we will travel only during civilised hours. We have a few places left and I will be happy to give details if readers contact me at the address below or telephone me 01768 341060 or 07710 270640.
David Raw, 2 Eden Gate, Warcop, Appleby-In Westmoreland, Cumbria, CA16 6PL.