ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder

May 2019

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T he chance to visit a number of wartime RAF Bomber Command airfields in the heart of Lincolnshire and an opportunity to sit in an Avro Lancaster bomber is being offered as part of a three-day guided tour at the end of June, 2019. Guests will visit various important wartime bomber bases, including RAF Scampton, home of the famous Dambusters, as well as several other airfields from which courageous aircrew flew missions during the war. RAF Scampton has had a rich and varied history: from being the base for 617 Squadron (also known as the Dambusters) to housing one of the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrents in the post-war era - the Blue Steel Missile. The station's Heritage Centre, housed in one of the original WW2 hangars, contains over 1,500 artifacts (including a Blue Steel Missile) which will be of interest to all aviation enthusiasts around the world. Even today, RAF Scampton leads an interesting life as home to the RAF Aerobatic Team The Red Arrows, and the host to the Scampton Airshow which raises money for the RAF Charitable Trust. 12 SHOULDER TO SHOULDER RAF BOMBER COMMAND WARTIME AIRFIELD TOURS RAF BOMBER COMMAND WARTIME AIRFIELD TOURS Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, later called the Dam Busters, pictured here, carried out Operation Chastise, an attack on German dams using a purpose-built "bouncing bomb" developed by Barnes Wallis.

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