The sky is full of cloud, unlike the evening 70 years ago. There is a chill in the air at RAF Scampton, today we pay tribute to those brave men and women who orchestrated one of the most audacious raids of the Second World War, the raid on the Möhne Dam, known as the ‘Dambuster Raid‘ by 617 Squadron.
Of Those 19 Lancaster and selected 133 crew who under a full moon flew at tree-top level to deliver a devastating attack,many were not to return, in fact only 77 men came back, the rest gave the ultimate sacrifice. We pay tribute with a sun set ceremony.
We as a family are lucky to have a signed Limited Edition print of some of the remaining crew of that raid. Having been adopted by my stepfather whose father was Capt Leslie Charles Hazell who flew for 9th Squadron and was sadly killed on December 20th 1942, young ‘Tales‘ and a Hazell by name is in awe of what he has witnessed. Young ‘Tales’ has seen several times the BBMF at both Goodwood and the Bournemouth Air Show and still his eyes light up, he always says ‘is that what grandpa’s daddy flew’…
In the autumn we went to RAF Coningsby to the home of the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and ‘Little Tales’ saw first hand Thumper being readied for its duties for 2013, like so many of us he started to realise the enormity of what those young men took on, at the age of 7 and a bit he realises what his great-grandfather and so many other young men with so much courage and commitment gave, full knowing that many would never return.
Lest we forget