Remembrance: Dambusters and Arnhem

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Between Wednesday September 18 and Monday September 23 I will lead a coach party to Lincolnshire, Holland and Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters’ raid by 617 squadron and to attend ceremonies in Arnhem to mark the 69th anniversary of ‘The Bridge Too Far’.

In Lincolnshire we will visit RAF Scampton, 617 Squadron’s base, where we will see Guy Gibson’s office and the squadron museum. We will also visit the Battle of Britain Memorial flight at RAF Coningsby to have a close up view of the Lancaster, Spitfires and Hurricanes.

We travel from Hull to Holland staying in Arnhem and in Germany close to the Mohne Dam.

We will visit the Hartenstein Airborne Museum, Guy Gibson’s grave at Steenbergen and Reichswald Forest Cemetery where many of the Dambusters crew were buried.

We will cross the Rhine into Germany and follow the Dambusters’ flight path to the Ruhr, visiting all three dams – the Mohne, the Eder and the Sorpe.

In Arnhem we will attend the Airborne Veterans’ Parade and the Oosterbeek ceremony where school children lay flowers on the graves.

King Willem of the Netherlands will lead the ceremony.

Pick-up points will be arranged to make things as easy as possible and we will travel during civilised hours of the day.

We still have a few places left and I will be happy to give details to any of your readers if they contact me at the address and telephone number below.

David Raw

2 Eden Gate, Warcop, 
Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria CA16 6PL

Tel: (01768) 341060

Mob: 07710 270640