1063 (Herne Bay) Squadron Air Training Corps
An Air Cadets parade and a seafront Dakota flypast marked Dam Busters Day in Herne Bay in a fitting salute to Second World War heroes who took part in the legendary bombing raid.
Crowds filled the streets and applauded standard bearers and members of 1063 Herne Bay Squadron as they marched from the statue of Sir Barnes Wallis, the man who invented the bouncing bomb used in the raid on German dams in the Second World War.
The Squadron was joined by cadets and staff from 312 City of Canterbury, 2433 Ramsgate, 354 Dover and 2235 Deal Squadrons as well as members of the town’s Royal British Legion, Royal Air Force Association and ex-serviceman’s club.
The statue of the silent star of the show overlooks the seafront in recognition that early versions of his bomb were tested along the Kent coastline before being put into action during the mission 70 years ago.
There were other flypasts around the Country, including at Lincoln Cathedral, where 1300 people attended at a memorial service.
More than one third of the men who took off from RAF Scampton in 19 Lancaster bombers did not return from the raids on 17 May 1943. The mission marked a turning point in the war and more than 1300 people lost their lives as the bombs landed on key dams flooding the Ruhr valley. The devices were designed to bounce across the water towards their target before exploding underwater to destroy the dams.
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