Dambuster Crash Sites: 617 Squadron in Holland and Germany (Aviation Heritage Trail) Paperback – 19 Jul 2007
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The price paid by 617 Squadron for their famous busting of the Eder, Mohne and Sorpe dams was a high one. Many of the returning crews did not make it home. This minutely researched guide to the sites where the aircraft came down in Germany and the Netherlands is illustrated with then and now photographs. --Naval and Military Press
About the Author
Chris Ward has been writing about RAF Bomber Command in WW11 since the mid nineties. He began with his highly successful Bomber Command Squadron Profile series of spiral-bound publications. It was during this period that Andreas Wachtel contacted Chris for information for a book he was writing, and the two became the closest of friends, to the extent that they regard each other as family. When Chris began working on his first major work, Dambusters, The Definitive History, which was published by Red Kite in 2003, Andreas took on the initial research in Germany and Holland. In this way Chris and Andreas made available to others the Dams raid crash sites of Maudslay and Barlow, which had never previously been identified, and they also publicised the scene of Astell's crash, which is maintained by a local historian. Through this research Chris was able to correct long-held misconceptions about the circumstances of the crashes. Chris was the first to research in depth the events of the Dortmund-Ems Canal disaster, which took place four months after the dams. He and Andreas discovered the crash sites of Holden, Allsebrook, Wilson and Divall, which had never previously been identified, let alone documented and surveyed. In 2013 a number of historians in the German town of Nordhorn released a book about the air war as experienced by the local community of Bentheim on Germany's border with Holland. The inspiration for this book, which is a massive tome involving hundreds of hours of work, was Chris's account of Holden's crash on the farm of the Hood family, which resulted not only in the deaths of the eight-man Lancaster crew, including four members of Guy Gibson's Dams crew, but also Frau Hood. 70 years to the day after this tragedy, on Sunday 15th September 2013, Chris and Andreas were guests of honour at a civic reception in Nordhorn to release the book. There was also a ceremony at the crash site beside the Hood farmyard, attended by the whole local Hood family, local dignitaries, the authors of the book and many interested spectators. Another Chris Ward first was his enquiry into the events on the German side during the final attack by 617 and 9 Squadrons on the Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord in November 1944. Kurt Schulze, who was a pilot on the nearby fighter airfield at Bardufoss at the time, sent Chris a copy of the transcripts of the German Courts Martial, which took place six weeks after the loss of Tirpitz to apportion blame. Chris translated them, and devoted an entire chapter in his original book and the P&S update to the reasons behind the German failure to intercept the approaching Lancaster force. Chris has since worked on a series of books for P&S detailing the histories of the bomber groups. Those on 3, 4, 5 and 6 Groups have just been joined by his latest, 1 Group. He is currently working on an updated series of Bomber Command Squadron Profiles, which P&S have undertaken to publish in hardback.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
The main problem i had was the genral directions,they are only given from one direction,not many places are given road names so trying to find places with satnav was much harder than it needed to be,the Les knight site in Holland had completly the wrong road name,i spent hours up and down that road !So my advice would be do some location research first.
Understandably, much of the material to date discusses the tactical and human endeavour involved [or even the canine sacrifice too!] and the subsequent post-raid acknowledgement.
This account however, provides an enthusiast with the account of those who did not return and with the road directions prompts a journey to the dams returning via these sites. See you on the road!
I have visited the sites and found this book, invaluable.
The book also covers later exploits of the squadron.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gives good information for those who have an interest in the Dambusters.Published 15 months ago by ianmikeg
I found the book to be very interesting and a good read. It was not quite as good as I thought it would be but still well put together.Published on 16 Jan. 2014 by KABUKI
Look for similar items by category
- Books > History > Europe > Germany
- Books > History > Military History > Armed Forces > Air Forces
- Books > History > Military History > Encyclopaedias & Pictorials
- Books > History > World History > World War II 1939-1945 > Battles & Campaigns
- Books > History > World History > World War II 1939-1945 > Origins
- Books > Reference > Transport > Aviation
- Books > Travel & Holiday