Dambusters raid anniversary tour

Between May 12-18 next year, I will be leading a coach party from Scotland to Lincolnshire, Holland and Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid by 617 Squadron.

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 be staying in the hotel where the squadron had its officers’ mess. We will also visit the Battle of Britain memorial flight base to see the Lancaster, Spitfires and Hurricanes. In addition, we will visit the Lincolnshire Aviation Centre to have a close-up look at a Lancaster bomber and the preserved airfield control tower.

We travel from Hull to Holland, staying in Arnhem. In Holland we will visit the Hartenstein Arnhem museum, Guy Gibson’s grave at Steenbergen and the Reichswald Forest cemetery where many of the Dambusters’ crews are buried before we cross the Rhine to follow the Dambusters’ flightpath into Germany.

In Germany we will stay near the Mohne Dam and have a detailed look at the events and consequences of the raid.

We have a few places left and pick-up points can be arranged. I will be happy to give details to any of your readers if they contact me at Beach Cote, Golf House Road, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1LS (phone 01368 866826 or 07710 270640).

David Raw