This year, the annual commemoration of Dambuster David Maltby and his crew, which takes place in Wickhambreaux, Kent, has an extra ingredient – a flypast by the UK’s only flying Avro Lancaster.
The event takes place on Saturday 10 September, a few days before the 68th anniversary of the crew’s final flight, on an aborted raid on the Dortmund Ems canal on 14 September 1943. A small exhibition describing the lives of all the crew members will be opened in the Village Hall at 11.30am. This will be followed by an act of commemoration at David Maltby’s graveside, in the churchyard, starting at 12.15pm. The flyover will take place at 12.40pm, weather permitting.
Members of the families of David Maltby, William Hatton and Victor Hill will all be present, and anyone interested is welcome to attend.
I wish I could be there to see it! Sadly Australia is a long way away.
Charles, I hope the wether stays good for you all, sadly I wont be able to make it.
wow… did you guys watch the “dambusters fly again” on the history channel in Canada? Buffalo Airways, which is a northern airline in Canada, flys only WW2 era aircraft and, with the help from a Cambridge engineer, they built a dam on a canadian lake, built some new bombs, put them under a DC-4 and staged the raid again. Very very very cool to see a DC4 flying 40 feet over the water and then do a “bombs away” and hit the dam.
Charles, hope you have a fine day for the fly past tomorrow. I wish I could have made it but unfortunately Melbourne is just a bit too far.
I was in my garden yesterday at Ickham when Lancaster Bomber flew low over the village .What an inspiring sight.You must be brave to fly these aircraft in peacetime ,so how brave must you be to fly in war. What heroes. We owe them so much Thanks you guys.
Its a shame the flyover happened the day before because of the wind
it never happened cause of the wind but it came over the day before to practice. i saw it and i was at herne bay beach it was great!!!!!!