They shall grow not old

My good friend Dom Howard has kindly let me use this video he created a few years ago as the Dambusters Blog’s contribution to Remembrance Day. It shows the crests of all the squadrons who made up Bomber Command, to whose fallen members we particularly pay our respects this weekend.

The voice you will hear at the end is that of Sgt Dennis Over, a rear gunner who survived the war. Dennis joined the RAF as soon as he turned 18 and served on 106 and 227 Squadrons. In his later years, he ‘discovered’ the internet and in particular a couple of forums dedicated to Bomber Command. To one of these, the much-missed Lancaster Archive Forum, he contributed more than a thousand posts, full of experience, wisdom and wit.

Dennis died on 4 October 2015. He grew old, but many of his comrades did not, and he never forgot them. May they all rest in peace. 



8 thoughts on “They shall grow not old

  1. Patricia Desmier November 9, 2019 / 1:45 am

    This would be the finest and the most memorable of memorials that I have ever seen.The badges are a great addition to help the reader acquire the understanding of all of the groups that took part in this unforgettable time.Many thanks to Dom for this outstanding rendition of those that never came home.💞🌹

  2. Posh Tim November 9, 2019 / 9:30 am

    Hello Charles, I can’t find the video, apologies. Tim

    • charlesfoster November 9, 2019 / 10:21 am

      It should be OK.
      What browser are you using? CF

      • Tim November 30, 2019 / 8:20 am

        You’re right, works on Chrome (not my Firefox). Thanks, wonderful to see all those squadron badges and the voice-over of a veteran. T

  3. Paul White November 9, 2019 / 10:37 am

    Wonderful !!

  4. Tim Layton November 30, 2019 / 8:26 am

    It’s a shame the Lancaster Archive Forum you mentioned isn’t online as a research resource. The Archive homepage is still there but not updated since 2008, but the link to the forum is broken. Shame, as those conversations would pop up in searches for evermore.

    • Dom Howard December 9, 2019 / 2:04 pm

      Sadly LAF is no longer, the owner of the forum decided to shut it down

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