I know that it’s a couple of months late, but this blog didn’t exist until just now. So it’s appropriate that I should pay tribute to the late Harry Humphries, who died in February. He was the founder adjutant of 617 Squadron, and one of the people centrally involved in getting the aircraft and crews ready for the Dams Raid in under two months. When I started writing my book, he was one of the five or six survivors from the time who replied to my letter asking for help. His own book was a great resource, and I plundered it shamelessly. Then I also uncovered his moving handwritten tributes to both David Maltby and John Fort which are amongst his papers on display in Grantham Library.
I was looking forward to sending him a copy of my book.