Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford in Shropshire. Although the evening is free, tickets are limited to 200 and the few remaining seats will quickly go. A concert planned for tomorrow is sold out.Next Thursday is the seventieth anniversary of the Dambusters raid on three dams in the Ruhr district of Germany and it is being celebrated with a talk on the day at the
What can’t be sold out is the Lancaster flypast on the 16th May at Cosford by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the same over the RAF Museum in north London at Hendon on the following day.
The 1955 fim of the story of the attack on the three dams by the famed 617 squadron (now based at RAF Lossiemouth) is so well-known and reated so often on televsion that the story needs little re-telling. Barnes Wallis – played by Michael Redgrave in the film – came up with the idea of a bouncing bomb and Wing Commander Guy Gibson – played by Richard Todd – led the flight to inflict the damage.
Apart from the fly-pasts, the concert and the talk, there are many other events that are scheduled. Radio 2 is giving much of Thursday over to remembering the achievement which will provide many opportunities to play the unforgettable march composed by Eric Coates. Chris Evans will even fly in a Lancaster that day.
At the RAF Museum, Hendon there will be a week long display including a facsimile of Gibson’s logbook and the photo reconaissance taken before the raid. At the Brooklands Museum in Surrey, a Lancaster flypast will take place tomorrow at about 11.30am and on the 19th, Bomber Command Veterans will be invited to the museum.
Lincoln Cathedral will have an anniversay memorial service on the 17th (it was from RAF Lincolnshire’s Scampton field that the 19 bombers took off on their mission.) and you can expect to see personnel from 617 squadron based at Lossiemouth down south during the time.