Warfare in News
Posted on Friday 4th October
The endurance challenge will be the Squadron's final UK action before heading to Afghanistan for a last tour of duty.
The 700-mile route will pass through landmarks in Dambusters history including the Derwent Dam in Derbyshire, starting from Le Court in Hampshire, and ending at RAF Lossiemouth, the current home of the squadron. The event will be a great opportunity for local people all over the country to come out, cheer on and sponsor the Dambusters as they pass through. Day-by-day route information can be found here.
Keen runners have the opportunity to run with the Dambusters as part of a relay team on one of the seven days. You can join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #DambustersRun.
For more information, to sponsor the event or individual runners, go to www.lcddisability.org/dambustersrun.
The mission became popularly known as the Dambusters raid, and was immortalised in a 1954 war film. It was one of the most famous air operations of World War II.
Casualties for the raid were high. Eight of the original 19 Lancaster bombers were damaged or shot down, and of the 133 aircrew, 53 were killed and three captured.
On the ground, too, almost 1,300 people were killed, including 749 Ukrainian… Read more...
Of further interest...
Dambuster Crash Sites - The Men Who Didn't Come HomeFri 17th May
Chris Ward and Andreas Wachtel describe the crash sites of some of the men who took part in the Dambuster Raid and did not return. Read article...
Dambuster - George 'Johnny' JohnsonThu 9th May
Authors Colin Higgs and Bruce Vigar present the story of Pilot Officer George Johnson's experience of the Dambuster Raid, in his own words. Read article...
The Men Who Breached the DamsThu 9th May
Alan W Cooper looks back on the night of the attack on the Ruhr Valley Dams by 617 'Dambuster' Squadron on 16/17 May 1943. Read article...