Dam Busters Tour (Germany)

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The Dam Busters are forever etched in my mind, beginning from an early age. About six if I recollect.

Saw the movie with my Dad and was totally captivated by the bravery and achievement in the most difficult circumstances. When travelling on an aeroplane I often think of those brave souls. No air conditioning, no warmth, and in total darkness over hostile territory. It makes me feel in some way guilty to order a coffee or a sandwich. Most important me being able to travel on an aircraft in a free and democratic world ,is in part down to the sacrifices of those boys.

John

Itinerary

  • Day 1 RAF SCAMPTON.
  • DAY 2 Derwent reservoir.
  • DAY 2 PM TRAVEL TO LUTON. Flight from Luton to Dortmund-transfer to Mohne Dam.
  • Day 3 VISIT AND TOUR OF MOHNE DAM. BOAT TRIP. EVENING FURTHER VISIT TO MOHNE AND FEW DRINKS!
  • DAY 4 Visit to Sorpe Dam
  • DAY 5 Eder Dams.
  • Day 6 return home.

At some point a sightseeing flight over Mohne Dam..weather permitting.

Tour terminates at Luton Airport.

WE MAY EXTEND THIS TRIP BY ANOTHER DAY IF WE CAN LOCATE A GUIDE TO TAKE US TO SOME DAM BUSTERS ’BURIAL SITES’ WITHIN THE REGION.

SEE FURTHER DOWN FOR MORE DETAILED GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING SCHEDULE .


Day 1.Scampton

At RAF Scampton we visit the Dam Busters museum, where we will be given a guided tour as well as a visit to Guy Gibson’s dog ’Nigger’s’ grave.

EVENING TRAVEL ACROSS COUNTRY TO HOTEL NEARBY THE DERWENT DAM/RESERVOIR. OVERNIGHT STAY.


Day 2. Am. Derwent dam

SUNDAY AM.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster B1 (PA474) at the 65th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid, low over the Derwent Reservoir .

Here we meet up ‘Ted Cachart’ our Bomber command veteran and honorary tour guest!

Ted will accompany us to the Dams, and remain for the entire duration of your tour. As an ex Lancaster Wop/Ag who operated with 49 Squadron, 5 Group in 1943/44, was a Prisoner Of War in East Prussia, Poland and Germany,he has in the past visited Germany a number of times for research purposes.

He has also benefited from the Heroes Return Lottery grants (that are still available to the end on January 2011) and is willing to help veterans to make their claim for these generous amounts.

See Ted Cachart page.

Derwent’ Dam and reservoir is in many ways where it all began . Due to certain similarities with the German dams it was here 617 Dam Busters Squadron practised the low level flying needed for Operation Chastise. Whilst here we will visit the museum located in the west tower section of the Dam. For information about the museum and artefacts etc.

We commence here at 10 am with sightseeing and picture taking. Unfortunately the museum itself does not open until 11 am which means only a short tour of the museum. If we delay our departure any later than say 12.00, it could leave us under pressure to make the (19.30) evening flight from Luton-Dortmund. Arrive in Luton and take pub dinner.

DAY 2 CONTINUED Connect: Direct flight Luton airport to Dortmund. Approx 1.5 hours.

Transfer to Mohne Dam about 25 miles

IMAGE TAKEN DAY AFTER RAID
MOHNE DAM IN RECENT TIMES.

Once we are installed at the ‘Pension Hof’



We can ( if not too late) take a leisurely walk (OR TAKE A CAB) 5 km (30 mins walk) to the actual Dam.

Note: there are no acceptable Hotels or Pensions with own private bath/wc near to the Dam . There is one Hotel 3 kms away, but £80.00 per person per night. Which means 20 minutes instead of 30 mins.


Day 3.

Leisurely non hurried morning and towards lunchtime we take a boat trip to include lunch along the Mohne Lake.

Afternoon we will be given a tour of the dam itself.

Evening we will arm ourselves with a few bottles of ‘bubbly’, and drink a toast to ‘Guy’ and the boys. At the same time sparing a special thought for those who did not return, as well as the unfortunate innocent villagers who lived close-by. A wreath to 617 squadron will be cast out into the lake. Taxis back to our Pension.


Day 4. pm Sorpe Dam

30 mins drive

Morning but not too early!! We travel by mini bus to the Sorpe dam.

The Sorpe dam was one of 617 squadrons 3 main targets on the night of 16/17 May 1943. Although the other two dams the Mohne and Eder were each breached the Sorpe sustained only light damage. The Sorpe required a different and more demanding angle of attack as well as being constructed of a different and more durable core.

A man made reservoir with the longest lake (5 miles) in Europe. Built in 1928-1935

There is not a great deal to see, or do here. But once everyone has taken photo’s or whatever, we will mark the occasion and spot with a wreath. We will then return to our base at the Mohne dam. Having a free afternoon will provide the opportunity to take a sightseeing flight or simply ‘chill out’. During the evening Ted will conduct an informal talk about his experience as a Lancaster crew member. At the same time a local gentleman by the name of: Mr. Karl-Heinz Wilmes will be joining us. Herr Karl-Heinz witnessed as a child the bombing raid in 1943 and is prepared to talk to us about it. As Ted will be with us for the duration he will willingly answer any questions put to him at any time along the way.


Day 5. am. Eder Dam

1 hour 30 drive

As well as the Dam, nearby is a museum which features the bombing and breaching of the dams. Whilst there we will also visit the “Waldeck” medieval castle, and a boat trip around the reservoir. We will taker lunch as and when everyone is ready. We will replicate the wreath laying here.

WALDECK CASTLE

Return to our Pension -Mohne. Overnight stay at our hotel.


Day 6. pm.

We transfer to Dortmund airport and return to UK. Departure time 20.05

Note: we will have lots of spare time!

Once you have packed your suitcase you may spend the time available however you wish. It could for example present a great opportunity to’ fit in’ a flight over the dams. For your information we could have you home much earlier however this would mean an 07.00 departure!! ..awful!!!

WHATS INCLUDED:

MINI BUS TRAVEL IN UK. SCAMPTON TO DERWENT AND ON TO LUTON.

ACCOMODATION IN UK AND GERMANY. BED AND BREAKFAST.

MINI BUS TRAVEL IN GERMANY, DORTMUND AIRPORT- PENSION -DORTMUND AIRPORT. TRIPS TO BOTH SORPE AND EDER DAMS.

ENTRANCE FEES WHERE APPLICABLE.

WREATHS. CHAMPAGNE ON SECOND NIGHT. OCCASIONAL TAXI TRANSFERS.

THE SERVICES OF LIBBY OR JOHN (THE COMPANY OWNERS) WHO WILL ACCOMPANY YOU ON THE TRIP.

THE COMPANY OF TED CACHART.

WHATS NOT INCLUDED:

AIR TICKET. LAST TIME WE CHECKED IT WAS AROUND £80.00 RETURN TO LUTON.

MEALS.

In theory we do not object to including meals in the price. However it would be a “set meal” which may not appeal to everyone. Or indeed, some people simply may not like the idea of complying to a regime at a certain place and time of the day. We feel it’s best to allow our customers to choose what they want to eat, and when they want it. Oten people spend a day simply ‘snacking out’ or..even a Mcdonald’s perhaps! We estimate you should allow £10.00 per day for food.

if we stop anywhere along the way, we are happy to cover any snacks in an ‘ad hoc’ way.

TRAVEL INSURANCE.

ABOUT THE ROOMS WITHIN THE PENSION.

It’s understood some rooms may well be larger than another, or possess better facilities.Iit’s rare in any b & b that every room is identical. We have no control nor accept any responsibility for who has what , or shares which room. In the case of single travellers we will attempt to match you in a double room with another single party. However we will first place you in touch beforehand, in order that you are both ok to share. Alternatively we will attempt a single room in some cases there are no extra charges and in other there is. Much depends on time of year and bookings levels. We would also point out that in busy times we may have to split the group in terms of accommodation. For example 12 in the party, and only free rooms for 8. Being then faced with the dilemma of either the tour does not go ahead or we identify alternative accommodation for the overflow we may at our own expense pay for a higher level of accommodation for the overflow.

If we take this action to ensure the tour actually proceeds. We will not entertain any claims for refunds or compensation from those persons who remain in the original accommodation offered and accepted in the package.

TOTAL PRICE FOR THE TOUR. £850.00

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