Well, all I can say is Wow!
I got 22,000 views on this blog yesterday, which is more in one day than I got in the first year of writing it, back in 2008.
So if you are a new reader, welcome, and I will just take a few seconds of your time to tell you a little about what you will find here.
I set up the blog in order to provide a focus for news and information about the exploits of the RAF’s 617 Squadron from its formation in March 1943 through to the end of that year – in other words the period around the Dams Raid itself and the few months that followed.
The motive was because having written a book about my uncle David Maltby, the pilot of AJ-J on the raid, and who was sadly killed four months later, I could find no space to provide updated information which might have been of interest to readers.
A blog seemed the obvious answer and, five years later, it’s still here.
So, what you will find below is an eclectic mix of links to news stories, bits of information and other nuggets which appeal to me.
There is a complete list of everyone who took part in the Dams Raid. This is an accurate list of the 133 aircrew who took part, so please don’t write to me asking if so-and-so took part in the raid without checking it first.
There is a Dambuster of the Day feature, which will eventually build up into a series of profiles of all the Dambusters. There is a slight hiatus in this at the moment because of the many excitements of the 70th anniversary, but the series will resume next week and will be completed by the end of August 2013.
There is as much information as I can glean about the forthcoming remake of the 1955 film. (The main news is that there is no news. We are told that the project will come to fruition sometime, but we don’t know when.) Check this category to get the latest update.
Do get in touch if you want to know more, or leave a comment below. Due to pressure of time I don’t always answer comments, but I do read every one, and really welcome your feedback.
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70 years of being told Roy Chadwick designed the Avro Lancaster & still the BBC reporter attributes it to Barnes Wallis. Yesterday of all days!!
(RAF Scampton, Thur. evening BBC 2 broadcast)
A great blog, fascinating, and yesterday was a crowning glory, with the video a very nice bonus for those of us who live overseas, although I saw the fly-over with the Spits and Tornadoes on Sky via digital cable here in Spain. Many thanks for all your efforts, I very much appreciate them. ‘Lest we forget.’
As someone interested in all matters Bomber command I read your notices avidly
Brilliant many thanks
Hi, I am trying to contact you regarding my 93 year old grandmothers first husband Eric Howard 617 sqn who was in shot down on the 13th May on a dam dry run with all crew lost. could you let me have a email address to contact you as I have a few questions I am hopeful you may be able to answer
Went up to Scampton yesterday,wow,what a day,loved every minute of it.
Do you know of any of the 617 squadron that may of been incorrectly named on the crew list, my great uncle Clifford W Morley flew in the dambusters raids as a rear gunner, we was told last year this is correct, I am pretty sure he left the 49 squadron to go into the 617 squadron??? It is all a bit puzzling, any info or help would be great, thanks
where was it filmed was it at easteny
Sorry to ask what may be an obvious answer somewhere:
How do we contact the host/ webmaster/ genius behind this site?
Check the About page at the top of your screen!
It seems a long time ago now,but at the age of 5,in 1960,we were to learn and sing the Dambusters song,as we called it.Well,the Dambusters have never left me,and in 2003 my friend and me went on a trip too Germany to see the dams and some of the crash sights.We had a lovely 10 days over their,met a lot of lovely German people.Then,to top that I met Ray Grayston,who kindly put his name to two of my Dams prints this was at East Kirkby airfield,when we went up on another visit to see the Lanc,NX 611.Sadly,soon after this,Ray,died.So I would just like to thank,Ray very much for all that he,and the others on the Dams raid,done for us.R.I.P. Ray.