An evening to mark the 80th anniversary of the Dambusters' Raid with music, poetry, readings and a themed buffet supper.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the Dambusters, Lincolnshire's International Bomber Command Centre are holding a concert and supper evening, featuring performances by the Waddington Voluntary Band, Waddington Military Wives Choir, readings from excerpts of interviews with George “Johnny” Johnson MBE DFM and poems.
Operation Chastise, or the Dambusters Raid, is perhaps the most well-known Bomber Command Operation, particularly after it was immortalised in the 1955 film of the same name starring Richard Todd as the inimitable Wg Cdr Guy Gibson. 617 Sqn of No 5 Group Bomber Command undertook this dangerous mission in aircraft adapted by Avro designer, Roy Chadwick, to allow for low-level flying and the dropping of the “Bouncing Bombs” designed by Barnes Wallis. At the end of the operation 8 of the 19 aircraft were lost with the loss of 53 airmen. Their names are all recorded on the IBCC Memorial Walls.
An exhibition of items from their Archives and more elements to be confirmed soon.