"Wing Commander Guy Gibson. V.C. R.A.F." Steenbergen by australia2
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Paying my respects at the grave of the leader of the famous 'Dambusters' W.W.II raid. A brave man killed LATER IN THE WAR being a Master Bomber during a raid in a Mosquito. It crashed just outside this town.
His navigator lies in the grave beside him.
I would appreciate contact with any person in the town with direct or indirect knowledge of the sad, fatal crash.
A week or so after this graveside visit I drove to the edge of the Mohne (Dam) See, the site of the first of the three dams which were the overall targets of the operation.
I was there on a lovely autumn Sunday afternoon. The sight of white-sailed, peaceful yachts was so anachronistic with my memory of the film it was impossible to believe.
(N.B. There were a number of Australians in 617 Squadron in that, its first operation. One of them, Flt Lieut Barlow unfortunately was killed on the 'way in'. As stated below, his aircraft hit power lines over Holland. Another was, of course, Sqdn Ldr Mickey Martin (Knighted later) who played a key role in much of 617's then and later contributions. The 'low flying' expert ! Also the young looking, twenty year-old David Shannon. They avoided power lines somehow!)
Please click on the picture for a fuller view.
Having lived not far from me here in Melbourne, suburban Carlton, 32 yr old F/Lt. Robert Norman Barlow was one of the early casualties of the operation when his Lancaster 'E-Easy' hit power lines just over the Dutch border on the way to the dams. All the crew were killed in the crash and explosion. All the huge Lancasters flew unbelievably low to avoid other hazards.
(Please click on the picture to see some details, and visit the website indicated below. I was an eleven year-old Melbourne schoolboy at the time and of course in complete ignorance of the wonderful heroics occurring all over.)
See < http://www.warbirdsite.com/warbirdsite_com_Barlow.html >.
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