In early April 2013, I started writing my profiles of all 133 aircrew who took part in the Dams Raid, with the aim of posting them at the rate of one a day for nineteen weeks. The scheduled closing date was therefore sometime in August of that year.
Some two years later, I have at last reached the end of the course, with the rather cursory biography of Arthur Buck published below. Even though this is one of the shorter biographies, I hope that it at least does justice to my intention, which was to give each of the men who took part in the raid the dignity of their own entry. Too often, their names are lumped together in the appendices at the end of a book, sometimes with their names misspelt and their family details incorrectly recorded.
I am sure that there are still mistakes in my biographies, but because they are online rather than in a book I can correct and update the entries as and when more information emerges. So if you spot anything that is wrong or can provide further details, then please contact me.
As a further service to one and all, the complete list appears on my brand new website, completedambusters.com. This is a list of all the 133 aircrew who took part in the raid, and each has a link back to the individual profile. I hope that this too proves a useful resource for the future.
It’s been a pleasure reading the dambuster blog,putting facts and faces together really helps anyone get a better understanding of what those brave chaps went through. Many thanks again
And good luck in the future with all you do
Thank you, Charles. A wonderful tribute. I will miss the posts!
I add my thanks to the above and all that they say. It has been a labour of love for you as well as an important set of historical documents about the airmen, the ordinary and brave, who took part in what must rank as the most iconic raid of all time. Thank you.
Charles , A subject close to your heart and very well done .Thank you .
Congratulations Charles. An excellent job. Thanks very much indeed.
Congratulations Charles on a real labour of love and, I’m sure, appreciated by all, whether friends, family or like most of us, with an abiding interest in the subject.
Thanks a million Charles,,,now safely stored in my archives; some good reading.
Thanks again. Mick.
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Thank you Charles. This really has been a ‘labour of love’, and those of us associated with the Dambusters will forever me indebted to you, for such a complete history. Well done, and keep in touch.
A wonderful accomplishment. Iâm sure weâll be making use of this reference at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Dave Birrell -Director – Library/Archives/Displays
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Thanks Charles. It was great to meet you at the Norman Barlow and crew memorial unveiling event. I totally agree with all the comments made by others. Many many thanks. Andy smith
Congratulations on a finishing a great job. The work is a tribute to your persistence and unflagging interest – and to your very readable literary style which, personally, I find adds to the content in binding together detail in a way which makes a memorable narrative. I too will return to this again and again.