Hatton, Hill and Maltby Dambuster families paying respects

Members of three Dambuster families came together earlier this week to mark the anniversary of the deaths of their relatives. Pictured above are (far left) William Castle, nephew of Sgt William Hatton, (third from left) Rene Hopkins (sister of Sgt William Hatton) and (second from right) Valerie Ashton (daughter of Flt Sgt Victor Hill). They are gathered at the graveside of Sqn Ldr David Maltby, in St Andrew’s Church, Wickhambreaux, Kent for the annual commemoration of the deaths of this Dams Raid crew after an aborted raid on the Dortmund Ems Canal in the early hours of 15 September 1943. David Maltby’s body was the only one recovered after their aircraft went down – those of the rest of the crew were never found, and they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The accident may have been caused by a collision with a Mosquito of 139 Squadron returning from a completely separate raid on Berlin, but this has never been proved.
The commemoration was organised by the East Kent branch of the RAF Aircrew Association, whose chairman, John Addley, is on the far right.

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2 thoughts on “Hatton, Hill and Maltby Dambuster families paying respects

  1. James Mc Dowell November 10, 2010 / 7:45 pm

    Flt. Sgt. James Mc Dowell was my uncle .I don ,t know if there are any survivors still alive but I would like to know. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    James F (Jim) Mc Dowell

  2. Adam Maltby December 20, 2011 / 12:12 pm

    My name is Adam Maltby, I am a helicopter and airplane pilot in the US Army. I have a son named David and his initials are DAM, strange coincidence. I was very interested to read about David Maltby and the Dam Busters.

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