May your bells ring out for Christmas Day


Best wishes for the festive season to all the readers of this blog, wherever the boys in the NYPD Choir* are singing for you.
I have had a great year working on this blog, with two particular highlights. The first was travelling to Germany to take part in the unveiling of the memorial to the Dams Raid crew of AJ-E, in the company of relatives of six of the crew who died on that night. Thanks once again to Volker Schürmann and the rest of the local German community who instigated the memorial and made us so welcome. The second was the completion of the 133 Dambuster of the Day biographies in August, which I hope means that at last every single man who took part in the Dams Raid gets his own small place in history marked for ever.
I look forward to another year of providing a lot more Dambuster information. Have a very good Christmas and a happy New Year.

*And in memory of the late great Kirsty MacColl.

13 thoughts on “May your bells ring out for Christmas Day

  1. Hartley Garshowitz December 22, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Hello Charles,

    All the best to you too for the holiday season, and many thanks again for your extensive work and contributions!

    Hartley Garshowitz

  2. Jenny Elmes December 22, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Dear Charles, You have done all those who took part in Operation Chastise, and their relatives, a great service through your research and dedication. Thank you from us all. Jenny Elmes (niece of Flt Lt John V. Hopgood DFC and Bar)

  3. Andy Smith December 22, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Thanks Charles,
    As a bell ringer who has had the fortune to once ring at Lincoln cathedral and to fly over it in a Dakota I have many emotions from seeing the picture on your Blog. I shall treasure our meeting at the AJ’E unveiling forever. It was an event I will never forget and felt privileged to attend.
    Very Best wishes to you. Andy.

  4. Bryan Dixon December 22, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    And a happy Christmas to you, thank you for all the great work you have done

  5. micksom December 22, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    Thank you for your Christmas Wishes, and for all your hard work on ‘The Dambusters’ Blog,, your efforts are greatly appreciated. I hope you have a great Christmas and a very successful New Year.


    Mick Tees. 🎄

    Sent from my iPad


  6. Maureen Gray December 22, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Can’t thank you enough for all you do & have sent, keep up the good work & may you have a Happy, Peaceful Christmas & a healthy New Year, God bless you & yours……..Maureen Gray

  7. Janette Jones December 23, 2015 / 12:38 am

    Thank you and a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year …… Janette Jones ( daughter of Leonard Rowlands, one of the Dambusters ground crew)

  8. meisteryak December 23, 2015 / 9:13 am

    Hi Charles,

    Best Wishes to you as well. Are you interested in turning the Dambuster’s biographies into a book. I think it will make a good print on demand project. Drop me a line and let me know if you are. All the best Yak 07906 314098


  9. Nigel Favill December 23, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    Charles , Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and all your family , its been an eventful year , may they continue and thank you ..

  10. David William Howarth December 25, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Merry Christmas Charles. and thank you again for your great work on the Dambusters blog.

  11. Dorothy Bailey January 3, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Happy New Year Charles. Thank you for all the work you have done in putting together this blog. It is greatly appreciated.

    All the best from Dorothy (Radcliffe)

  12. Edwina Towson January 4, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Happy New Year! Thank you for all the hard work and for the good writing that you continue to produce. I look forward to more in 2016!

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