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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