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Wildlife plans for Dambusters' base

Lottery funding sought to create wildlife site Credit: Calendar news

A wildlife trust hopes to buy a Lincolnshire airfield which was once home to the 617 Dambuster Squadron during World War II. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust wants to apply for Lottery funding to open Woodhall Spa Airfield to the public and conserve the habitat.

The 617 squadron used RAF Woodhall to launch operations including the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz. The site is currently owned by Cemex, a construction firm.

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Memorial for Canadian airmen

A memorial service for Canadian airmen who lost their lives in the Second World War is taking place this afternoon in the North Yorkshire village of Sutton-on-the-Forest.

14 personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force will be attending the service, which will be even more poignant this year in light of the 70th anniversary of the Dambuster Raids, which many Canadian airmen took part in.

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Dambuster anniversary celebrations continue

Lancaster in flight Credit: Calendar news

There will be another service to commemorate the Dambusters raid today, this time in Lincoln Cathedral. The event will be attended by more than 1,300 people, including veterans of the raid Johnny Johnson and Les Munro, who has flown from New Zealand to be here.

Other relatives of those involved in the raids, including Guy Gibson's nephew and Mary Stopes Roe, the daughter of bouncing bomb inventor Barnes Wallis, will also be in attendance.

The service will be led by the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, supported by the Chaplain in Chief of the Royal Air Force, and will be followed by a flypast by the Lancaster of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a pair of Tornado aircraft from 617 Squadron.

It follows last night's flypast infront of hundreds of people at RAF Scampton where the Dambusters mission began.

crowds at last night's flypast Credit: Calendar news
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