My name is Charles Foster. I’m a writer, editor and designer and I live in Dublin, Ireland.
I’ve set this blog up as a service to anyone who would like to find out more, or share material, about the RAF’s 617 Squadron between its formation in March 1943 and the end of that year. I occasionally stray into events which occurred later in the Second World War, but I don’t claim any expert knowledge of this period.
The reason for my interest is personal: my late mother was Jean Foster, née Maltby, and was Dams Raid pilot Sqn Ldr David Maltby’s younger sister. David and his whole crew were killed returning from an aborted operation in September 1943.
This led me to write a book about David Maltby and his crew, which was recently published by Pen and Sword. You can find out more about this at my separate website.
Contact me by email here.
All the posts give you the facility to comment, and these are welcome, providing that they are not defamatory, racist or sexist. I reserve the right to edit them.
If you have the urge to write about one particular topic – the name of the dog in any remake of the famous 1955 film The Dam Busters – then please read the next paragraph first.
I don’t publish comments about the name of the dog because, frankly, this is a tedious debate that has happened many times over. It might have been acceptable in the 1950s to use certain words, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t hurtful or wrong, even then. The world has moved on, the original name of the dog is offensive and simply cannot be used in the remake of the film, however historically accurate it might be. You can justify using a racist word in other places on the internet, but I don’t want to see it on this blog.
I’ve written more about this in a post from June 2011. Otherwise, comment away!