Help for Heroes ride to follow Dams Raid route

On the night of 16/17 May 2012 the 69th anniversary of the Dams Raid will be marked by a fundraising motorcycle ride for the Help for Heroes charity. The four riders will follow as closely as possible the route flown by 617 Squadron Lancaster AJ- J on the raid, from RAF Scampton to the Möhne Dam. They will then return to the UK via the John Frost Bridge, so famously held by the Paras at Arnhem, the ‘Bridge too Far’, arriving back in Scampton before midnight the same day.

The riders plan to lay a wreath at the Möhne Dam at 0019 on 17 May, the exact time and day of the bombing run of  the Lancaster piloted by David Maltby. As this blog has a personal connection to David Maltby and his crew, we are happy to support their efforts.

The riders are a group of four, led by Simon Dufton. If you would like to support this cause, you can go to the donations page set up by Simon and his colleagues.


3 thoughts on “Help for Heroes ride to follow Dams Raid route

  1. Dave T February 27, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    After reading much about the raid and crews who took part I find some post raid crews moved on to other squadrons.
    Flt sgt Brown of F for Freddie as I understood stayed on the sqn for some time as far as I can see he never flew on operations with them again.
    Was this normal or he was just awaiting a posting

  2. John Jackson March 11, 2012 / 6:06 pm

    Hi, I am a new member but a very keen Dambusters Fan. I to will be on the Mohne Dam at just after midnight on the 17th May 2021. As a point of interest the gallant motorcyclists need to be congratulated and i hope to meet you both. May i just point something out, Guy Gibson dropped the first mine at 00:28 which effectively started ” The Dams Raid”. David Maltby actually dropped his mine at 00:49, the last to be dropped. Sorry to be an “anorak” but i think these points are historically important.

    • russell fairbrother May 9, 2012 / 5:53 pm

      i will be there on the night of the 17th as well,i live only 40 mins away and will be bringing my wife and daughter with me i will be easy to pick out looking forwards t seeing anyone who turns out that night as last year there were only 4 people present for a rememberence me plus 3 soldiers on exercise in paderborn from the i will be pleased to see a good turn out thies year see you all then russell fairbrother

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