Dambuster 70th anniversary events (update 12 April)

Dams Raid 70th anniversary

Below is a list of the events so far planned for the 70th anniversary of the Dams Raid. Please note that some are still subject to confirmation, especially the flyover at the Derwent Reservoir on Thursday 16 May. We have been informed that this may still be happening, but that no final decision has yet been made.
This list will be updated again before 16 May, and you will be able to see the latest version by clicking on this category link Dambusters 70th anniversary .

Sunday 12 May
RAF Museum Cosford

Monday 13 May-Friday 17 May
RAF Museum London
10.00am-6.00pm daily

Thursday 16 May
Derwent Reservoir, Derbyshire
Time to be confirmed.
BBMF Lancaster flypast
(A decision on whether this is going ahead will be taken shortly.)

Thursday 16 May
RAF Museum Cosford
Special talk: ‘Operation Chastise – 70 years on, the successful failure’

Thursday 16 May
Outside broadcast from RAF Scampton
Live broadcast of Sunset Ceremony from RAF Scampton on BBC2.
RAF College Cranwell Band and The Queen’s Colour Squadron including the 617 Sqn Standard.
Flypast and landings by BBMF Lancaster and Spitfires, plus Tornadoes flown by today’s 617 Squadron.
Invited guests only at Scampton. Please do not ask for tickets!

Friday 17 May
Lincoln Cathedral
Dam Busters commemoration service (Ticket only: apply by post!)

Sunday 19 May
Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
Time to be confirmed
Service and unveiling of 617 Squadron post World War 2 memorial

Sunday 19 May
Herne Bay, Kent
Full town commemoration
Details to be confirmed

In addition to these events, we are aware of a number of people who plan to travel to the Ruhr valley area of Germany in order to mark the anniversary. These include the Dambusters 2013 Charity Motorcycle Ride, with more than 70 riders travelling to raise money for Help for Heroes, and a group driving a 1967 Austin Healey (picture to come!).

We are also trying to compile a list of any events planned in Germany. Please get in touch if you have anything you would like to publicise.

7 thoughts on “Dambuster 70th anniversary events (update 12 April)

  1. Andy Sollis April 13, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    Hi Charles,
    Hope you are well.. I have been reposting the links to your posts the last few days to a few people such as East Kirkby (Just Jane), BBMF, and a few others of note on Twitter who have further shared. Hopefully you have had a few more hits and spreading the word.

    Andy J Sollis (AJ S)

    • Louise Shingler April 17, 2013 / 1:06 pm


      I was just wondering when the flypast over Derwent will be confirmed.

      Very much looking forward to this event.

      Many Thanks


  2. russell fairbrother April 19, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    i will be at the möhnetalsperre, mohne dam on the night of the 16th morning of 17th may,im sure there will be a good turnout. I live about 50 kms away and will be happy to meet up with any one that wants to be there for the rememberence service. look forwards to meeting you there.

    • Frank May 7, 2013 / 4:16 pm

      Russel, can you tell me about the events at the dam on that weekend?
      I live about 66km from it.

  3. Pat Titterton May 12, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    Please could you let me know what time the fly past over the derwent will be on Thursday 16th May as friends would like to come and watch the event

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