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    DAMBUSTERS


    On this day in 1943 during World War II, the allied bombing campaign known as 'The Dambusters' occurred, causing monumental damage to the Mohne and Edersee dams in Germany, flooding the Ruhr and Eder river valleys.

    Much of the preparatory testing was carried out at the Elan Valley reservoir in Mid Wales. The RAF decided that its remoteness made it an ideal site for the highly secret experimental work of engineer Barnes Wallis in the development of his 'bouncing bombs'.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    And one damn good Movie too!
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    There were plans to make a emake of the movie but ran into trouble with the name of the dog.No longer can you call it ******!!!!
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    I"m surprised you can still call a spade a spade. When I first came to live here that common Australian tree used for ornamental purposes use to be called a ##### ### no longer allowed ,has to be referred to as a grass tree. A pom is still a pom though and ever more shall be so. Cheers JWS

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    Quote Originally Posted by j.sabourn View Post
    I"m surprised you can still call a spade a spade. JWS
    Not in Brixton John, not in Brixton!

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    17 May 1943: Two of the Ruhr region dams in Germany were breached by British bombers.

    Dambuster Raid | World War II Database
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    #5... Always amazes me Ivan how those who are expounding their theories on racism always manage to bring the colour of a persons skin into the equation. The average person couldn't care less if one is red blue green indigo or violet. However being conducive to a nations laws and beliefs and religion is. The freedom of self expression is not welcome when it comes to people wanting to keep their beliefs parallel and equal to the laws of the country they have taken up residence in. We were always taught when younger to always respect the country you are in and their laws etc. somewhere along the line this has been lost in the clamour for human rights. Therefore myself always expound the necessity of having borders guarded against such people. Years ago on this site it was generally agreed on the stupidity of open borders in Europe, which foresight has been proved correct in the past few years. The likes of some of our leaders and those in Europe have been proved wrong once again and this in itself is adequate reason for letting Europe going its own sweet way, the likes of Blair who is talking about coming back into politics would be a bigger disaster than the one today sitting in his old position. Cheers JS
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    617 Squadron crew list

    Legend:

    RAAF - Royal Australian Air Force
    RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force
    RNZAF - Royal New Zealand Air Force

    DSO - Distingished Service Order
    DFC - Distingished Flying Cross
    DFM - Distingished Flying Medal

    * - Indicates a second award (a bar) to that award.

    All awards shown are those already held by the aircrew prior to take-off.

    A-Flight

    ED-932 "AJ-G"

    Pilot : Wing Comander G.P. Gibson, DSO*, DFC*
    Navigator : Pilot Officer H.T. Taerum, RCAF
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant J. Pulford
    Bomb Aimer : Pilot Officer F.M. Sparfford, DFM, RAAF
    Wireless Operator: Flight Lieutenant R.G. Hutchinson, DFC
    Front Gunner : Flight Sergeant G.A. Deering, RCAF
    Rear Gunner : Flight Lieutenant R.D. Trevor-Roper, DFM

    ED-864 "AJ-B"

    Pilot : Flight Lieutenant W. Astell, DFC
    Navigator : Pilot Officer F.A. Wile, RCAF
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant J. Kinnear
    Bomb Aimer : Flying Officer D. Hopkinson
    Wireless Operator: Warrant Officer A.A. Garshowitz, RCAF
    Front Gunner : Flight Sergeant F.A. Garbas, RCAF
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant R. Bolitho

    ED-929 "AJ-L"

    Pilot : Flight Lieutenant D. J. Shannon, DFC, RAAF
    Navigator : Flying Officer D.R. Walker, DFC, RCAF
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant R.J. Henderson
    Bomb Aimer : Flight Sergeant L.J. Sumpter
    Wireless Operator: Flying Officer B. Goodale, DFC
    Front Gunner : Sergeant B. Jagger
    Rear Gunner : Flying Officer J. Buckley

    ED-936 "AJ-H"

    Pilot : Pilot Officer G. Rice
    Navigator : Flying Officer R. McFarlane
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant E.C. Smith
    Bomb Aimer : Warrant Officer J.W. Thrasher, RCAF
    Wireless Operator: Warrant Officer C.B. Gowrie, RCAF
    Front Gunner : Sergeant T.W. Maynard
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant S. Burns

    ED-910 "AJ-C"

    Pilot : Pilot Officer W.H.T. Ottley, DFC
    Navigator : Flying Officer J.K. Barrett, DFC
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant R. Marsden, DFM
    Bomb Aimer : Flight Sergeant T.B. Johnston
    Wireless Operator: Sergeant J. Guterman, DFM
    Front Gunner : Sergeant H.J. Strange
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant F. Tees

    B-Flight

    ED-937 "AJ-Z"

    Pilot : Squadron Leader H.E. Maudslay, DFC
    Navigator : Flying Officer R.A. Urquhart, DFC, RCAF
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant J. Marriott, DFM
    Bomb Aimer : Pilot Officer M.J.D. Fuller
    Wireless Operator: Warrant Officer A.P. Cottam, RCAF
    Front Gunner : Flying Offcier W.J. Tytherleigh
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant N.R. Burrows

    ED-909 "AJ-P"

    Pilot : Flight Lieutenant H.N. Martin, DFC
    Navigator : Flight Lieutenant J.F. Leggo, DFC, RAAF
    Flight Engineer : Pilot Officer I. Whitaker
    Bomb Aimer : Flight Lieutenant R.C. Hay, DFC, RAAF
    Wireless Operator: Flying Officer L. Chambers, RNZAF
    Front Gunner : Pilot Officer B.T. Foxlee, DFM, RAAF
    Rear Gunner : Flight Sereant T.D. Simpson, RAAF

    ED-825 "AJ-T"

    Pilot : Flight Lieutenant J.C. McCarthy, DFC, RCAF
    Navigator : Flight Sergeant D.A. MacLean, RCAF
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant W.D. Radcliffe
    Bomb Aimer : Sergeant G.L. Johnson
    Wireless Operator: Flight Sergeant L. Eaton
    Front Gunner : Sergeant R. Batson
    Rear Gunner : Flying Officer D. Rodger, RCAF

    ED-912 "AJ-N"

    Pilot : Pilot Offcier L.G. Knight, RAAF
    Navigator : Flying Officer H.S. Hobday
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant R.E. Graystone
    Bomb Aimer : Flying Officer E.C. Johnson
    Wireless Operator: Flight Sergeant R.G.T. Kellow, RAAF
    Front Gunner : Sergeant F.E. Sutherland, RCAF
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant H.E. O'Brien

    ED-924 "AJ-Y"

    Pilot : Flight Sergeant C.T. Anderson
    Navigator : Sergeant J.P. Nugent
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant R.C. Paterson
    Bomb Aimer : Sergeant G.J. Green
    Wireless Operator: Sergeant W.D. Bickle
    Front Gunner : Sergeant E. Ewan
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant A.W.Buck

    ED-887 "AJ-A"

    Pilot : Squadron Leader H.M. Young, DFC*
    Navigator : Flight Sergeant C.W. Roberts
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant D.T. Horsfall
    Bomb Aimer : Flying Officer V.C. MacCausland, RCAF
    Wireless Operator: Sergeant L.W. Nichols
    Front Gunner : Sergeant G.A. Yeo
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant W. Ibbotson

    ED-906 "AJ-J"

    Pilot : Flight Lieutenant D.H. Maltby, DFC
    Navigator : Sergeant V. Nicholson
    Flight Engineer : Flight Sergeant W. Hatton
    Bomb Aimer : Pilot Officer J. Fort
    Wireless Operator: Sergeant A.J.B. Stone
    Front Gunner : Sergeant V. Hill
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant H.T. Simmonds

    ED-927 "AJ-E"

    Pilot : Flight Lieutenant R.N.G. Barlow, DFC, RAAF
    Navigator : Flying Officer P.S. Burgess
    Flight Engineer : Pilot Officer S.L. Whillis
    Bomb Aimer : Pilot Officer A. Gillespie, DFM
    Wireless Operator: Flying Officer C.R. Williams, DFC, RAAF
    Front Gunner : Flying Officer H.S. Glinz, RCAF
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant J.R.G. Lidell

    ED-934 "AJ-K"

    Pilot : Pilot Officer V.W. Byers, RCAF
    Navigator : Flying Officer J.H. Warner
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant A.J. Taylor
    Bomb Aimer : Pilot Officer A.N. Whitaker
    Wireless Operator: Sergeant J. Wilkinson
    Front Gunner : Sergeant C.McA. Jarvie
    Rear Gunner : Flight Sergeant J. McDowell, RCAF

    ED-918 "AJ-F"

    Pilot : Flight Sergeant K.W. Brown, RCAF
    Navigator : Sergeant D.P. Heal
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant H.B. Feneron
    Bomb Aimer : Sergeant S. Oancia, RCAF
    Wireless Operator: Sergeant H.W. Hewstone
    Front Gunner : Sergeant D. Allatson
    Rear Gunner : Flight Sergeant G.S. MacDonald, RCAF

    ED-925 "AJ-M"

    Pilot : Flight Lieutenant J.V. Hopgood, DFC*
    Navigator : Flying Officer K. Earnshaw, RCAF
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant C. Brennan
    Bomb Aimer : Pilot Officer J.W. Fraser, DFC
    Wireless Operator: Sergeant J.W. Minchin
    Front Gunner : Pilot Officer G.H.F.G. Gregory, DFM
    Rear Gunner : Pilot Offcier A.F. Burcher, DFM, RAAF

    ED-921 "AJ-W"

    Pilot : Flight Lieutenant J.L. Munro, RNZAF
    Navigator : Flying Officer F.G. Rumbles
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant F.E. Appleby
    Bomb Aimer : Sergeamt J.H. Clay
    Wireless Operator: Warrant Office P.E. Pigeon, RCAF
    Front Gunner : Sergeant W. Howarth
    Rear Gunner : Flight Sergeant H.A. Weeks, RCAF

    ED-865 "AJ-S"

    Pilot : Pilot Officer L.J. Burpee, DFM, RCAF
    Navigator : Sergeant T. Jaye
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant G. Pegler
    Bomb Aimer : Flight Sergeant J.L. Arthur, RCAF
    Wireless Operator: Pilot Officer L.G. Weller
    Front Gunner : Sergeant W.C.A. Long
    Rear Gunner : Warrant Officer J.G. Brady, RCAF

    ED-886 "AJ-O"

    Pilot : Flight Sergeant W.C. Townsend
    Navigator : Pilot Offcier C.L. Howard, RAAF
    Flight Engineer : Sergeant D.J.D. Powell
    Bomb Aimer : Sergeant C.E. Franklin, DFM
    Wireless Operator: Flight Sergeant G.A. Chalmers
    Front Gunner : Sergeant D.E. Webb
    Rear Gunner : Sergeant R. Wilkinson

    RIP.
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    Ref. to the medals as so clearly explained it would appear to those unaware of their meaning a big help. However then and I believe even today distinct difference between those earned by commissioned officers and other ranks still bear the distinction of the old class barriers. This goes further into the likes of other gongs. I believe one of the few medals for valour which is distributed to all ranks is the VC. I may be incorrect in this but no doubt others may put me right. Cheers JWS

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    The amazing thing is that the forbidden word came from the African nation of Niger.
    When the Americans, bless their souls, began to take slaves from Africa many werer from Niger where if you are one you are a N******.

    The name then became synonoumouis with all person of thaty color.
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