Five years after starting this blog, and a lifetime after first hearing about the Dams Raid, I’m excited to report that I’m writing this tonight in a hotel overlooking the Mohnesee. It’s a quiet and peaceful sight tonight, very different from what it must have looked like seventy years ago. Tomorrow morning we will walk the Dam, pay our respects at the memorials in the villages below it, and then go on to the Eder Dam and visit its museum.
UPDATE 22 May
More pictures will follow, but here are the first three.
The Möhne Dam
The Eder Dam
The memorial in Neheim
Charles, perhaps you could post some photos.
Charles, make sure you go to the base of the Mohne on both sides and look at it from there as it gives you a different perspective. Also if you have time, go up to Waldeck Castle and look down at the Eder Dam from there. I once asked Ray Grayston why they didn’t fly straight up the Edersee instead of choosing the almost impossible method of dropping from Waldeck and turning hard to port, which gives you about 3 seconds to get straight and level in order to release the weapon. His reply was that they simply did what they were told to do.
If anyone wishes to come with us in August (6 day trip) via the Mohne, Eder to Colditz Castle please get in touch with me asap. firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.
I was at the Mohne dam five years ago on Remembrance Sunday on a business trip. An amazing dam, and very tranquil. Enjoy the visit Charles, looking forward to your photos!
Hello Charles: I can’t thank you enough for your superlative efforts and those of your contributors on your coverage on the 70th Anniversary Memorial on the Dambusters Raid. Here’s a link to a terrific commemorative article authored by Canada’s National Post Columist, Joe O’Connor regarding Canada’s last surviving Dambuster Veteran, Fred Sutherland. (This is a great follow-up to your Daily Digest Dambuster’s Article re. CBC Coverage of the 70th Anniversary – that you posted May 11th.
Keep up the great work….I thoroughly enjoy every tidbit you post in this truly educational blog.
Which hotel! ive just got back from the Heinrich Lubke Hause ! i was on the Mohne at midnight on the 16th with the Dams Tour group
Hi ,I took a photo of the memorial in Neheim in 2009 but I can not translate the words, I was wondering if someone could do that for me please ,it is going in my scrapbook for future generations.
Rae – This is an approximate translation:
“In memory of the frightful night of 17 May 1943 on which a bomb destroyed the Mohnesee Dam. In mourning we commemorate the 1285 women, men and children who drowned in the waters.”