On this day…

On this day 66 years ago nineteen Lancasters of 617 Squadron took off from a grass aerodrome in Lincolnshire on an operation which would change the lives of everyone who took part. Fifty-three of the aircrew died that night, and the destruction of the Möhne and Eder Dams led to the loss of 1341 other lives, many of them civilians or forced labourers. 
In contrast to last year, when various flypasts and other events marked the 65th anniversary, there will be no official ceremonies marking today’s date.
Let’s just remember all those who died that night, and the millions more who died during the Second World War, and hope that we never see destruction on this scale again.
In commemoration of those who died, here are some pictures of the plaques marking the crash site of the aircraft AJ-M, piloted by Flt Lt John Hopgood. His efforts to keep his plane aloft let three of his crew bale out. Two, John Fraser and Anthony Burcher survived. Those who died at the site were Charles Brennan, Kenneth Earnshaw, John Minchin, George Gregory and Hopgood himself. The site is about 6km from the Möhne Dam.
The pictures were taken last month by a reader of this blog, Steve Gough, who has kindly let me use them.

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4 thoughts on “On this day…

  1. Fred Sherwood May 16, 2009 / 6:09 pm

    Ive been there!

  2. Fred Sherwood May 16, 2009 / 6:12 pm

    I was there with Steve, the trip was organised by him and Dave Davies. It is a very special thing to visit the places made famous in History. Thank you Steve and Dave. And thank you for this brilliant Blog

  3. Jim Heather February 12, 2013 / 5:00 pm

    My uncle was Navigator F/O Ken Earnshaw. Thank you for sharing this photo.

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