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CAPEL LE FERNE MEMORIAL

PLYMOUTH MEMORIAL

REMEMBERING THE DAMBUSTERS

 

RAAF MEMORIAL GROVE CANBERRA

LEGENDS 2015

 

(Us or the show? lol!)

This group offer a pretty unique experience - jump in a helicopter and fly alongside a Spitfire or Hurricane over Battle of Britain country. Last year the flights were departing from Manston which is right on my doorstep and it seemed too good an opportunity to miss. Not cheap, granted, but an experience not to be forgotten. The site banner pics come from that day and further details can be found on their website.

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The famous Minster houses an impressive memorial clock to the memory of fallen RAF serviceman in WWII.

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Situated on the cliffs at Capel Le Ferne, just outside Folkestone, is an impressive and fitting memorial to the pilots that gave their lives defending this country during the Battle of Britain. On site are full scale replicas of a Spitfire and Hurricane along with a small seasonal coffee shop. The local council has just granted permission for construction of a new visitor center on site.

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In all 19 Lancaster crews were tasked with attacking the dams in May 1943 and a complete list can be found here. Sadly a number of these brave men failed to return and are laid to rest in Germany. We paid our respects to some of them.

In the Reichwald war cemetery are the crews of H.E. Maudsley, R.N.G. Barlow and M. Ottley.

Also present are a number of Guy Gibson's crew. Although they survived the raid they perished five months later with a different pilot >

In the Rheinberg war cemetery is the crew of C.T. Anderson. They turned back on the raid after impacting the sea and losing their bomb and were removed from 617 squadron as a result. However, they went down just four months later. Also interred are the crew of J.V. Hopgood

 

Although Guy Gibson and his crew survived the dams raid, Gibson, like many others, did not survive the war. He came to grief in A Mosquito in September 1944 and is buried in Steenburgen along with his navigator on that mission.

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The RAAF Memorial Grove is on the Remembrance Driveway linking Sidney to Canberra, just on the outskirts of the latter. It was consecrated in 2002 to provide a place for reflection particularly for RAAF personnel, veterans and their families. Despite being close to the main road it is a peaceful place and service men and women are well remembered.

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