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bouncebounce crunch16/05/2013 00:20:06
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Seventy years ago today May 16. 1943.

Just a reminder for you Lancaster lads and the remembrace of Squadron 617.

Dale Gibson16/05/2013 00:38:32
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Brave boys indeed and deserved to be remembered....thank you 617 thumbs up

David Gilder16/05/2013 07:04:39
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And to think that in March 2014, 617Sqn are being disbanded!!

Yet another end of an era!!!!

If I had not been stuck in work today (where I am already), I would have been popping over to Derwent Reservoir to watch the flypast!!

sad

Olly P16/05/2013 07:27:10
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I am also stuck at work or would have been heading up to the fly-past.

Après moi le Deluge

ken anderson.16/05/2013 08:13:48
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anyone near chatsworth house...its flying over there at lunch time after derwent...

ken anderson ne...1...... wish i was near dept

Peter Miller16/05/2013 08:21:58
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Now here is a bit of a red face story.

As a member of RAFA I received an appeal for donations. THis was accompanied with a brochure all about the Dam Buster's raid etc featuring Squadron Leader Johnny Johnstone DFM. The brochure included photos of the Lancasters, the dams before and after the Lancaster instrument panel etc.

One of the illustrations was of a die cast model aircraft. The only problem is that this model is a Consolidated B-24 Liberator.

Now we are all used to this sort of thing on the cheap "documentaries" pumped out by Yesterday etc but one does feel that RAFA should have been a bit more careful.

Colin Bernard16/05/2013 08:30:30
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For info, these are the timings for today ...

Thursday 16 May - Lancaster

1155 - Depart Scampton

1230 - Flypast Cosford

1250 - Flypast Chapel en le Firth

1300 - Flypast Derwent Water

1320 - Flypast Chatsworth House

1345 - Flypast Eyebrook

1410 - Land CGY

Thursday 16 May - Spitfire x 2

1240 - Depart CGY

1300 - Flypast Derwent Water

1320 - Flypast Chatsworth House

1345 - Flypast Eyebrook

1400 - Land CGY x 1 Spitfire

1425 - Flypast West Malling

1445 - Land Southend

Wingman16/05/2013 12:32:23
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Nice bit on the BBC WEBSITE HERE

SkippyUK16/05/2013 18:44:46
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Good videos here if you can put up with the adverts,,,

avtur16/05/2013 19:40:06
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I'm very annoyed with myself, I took my eye off the ball and didn't realise there was an event at Derwent. Only cottoned on when I saw the reports on the lunchtime news by which time it was too late… I only live an hour away and it would have been a great drive out in my Spitfire …

I remember the 50th anniversary celebrations (which I did attend) when 10's of thousands of people gathered at Derwent. Seeing the Lancaster fly at low-level between the towers of the dam is one of the most emotive sites I have ever seen. On that occasion there was a full-blown flying display with other aircraft from BBMF, Tornadoes from 617 and the Red Arrows did a full display as well; it was probably the best aviation sight I’ve ever seen.

And of course there is the memory of the guy that flew the mission … what an incredibly brave and talented bunch they were.

Hopefully there will be something for the 75th anniversary.

Simon Chaddock19/05/2013 00:31:46
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They had some nice in cockpit shots of CGY in the BBC programme.

The thing that struck me was how far the pilot had to turn the wheel and how slow the effect was!

The pilot literally he crossed his arms and nothing much happened for a second or two and then it started to bank and a fairly massive opposite input to stop it banking - and the Lanc was considered the most manoeuvrable of the 4 engined heavies!

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