Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reunited

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reunited

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BETWEEN Sunday, May 12, and May 18, I will be leading a coach party from the North of England to Lincolnshire, Holland and Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid by 617 Squadron in 1943.

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 617 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 look at a Lancaster and the preserved airfield control tower.

We travel from Hull to Holland staying in Arnhem and will visit the Hartenstein Arnhem museum, Guy Gibson's grave at Steenbergen, and the Reichswald Forest cemetery where many of the Dambuster crews are buried before we cross the Rhine to follow the Dambusters' flight path into Germany. There we will stay near the Mohne Dam and have a look at the events and consequences of the raid. …

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