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Young musicians from Kent pay Dambusters tribute

Young musicians from Kent have paid tribute to another generation at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall last night. Students from the North Knatchbull School in Ashford were among the 3,000 performers who remembered the Dambusters from World War Two.

Kent played a vital role for the Dambusters training. The coastline at Reculver was used to test the "bouncing bomb" before the squadron flew on to Germany. David Wood reports.

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Herne Bay: 1943 remembered

70 years on from the raid on dams Credit: ITV Meridian

War veterans and air cadets gathered in Herne Bay where Dambuster bouncing bombs were tested in 1943. It marked the 70th anniversary of the raid on a series of dams in Germany.

We speak to: Eyewitness David Birch; Flt Lt Jim Eldridge O/C 312 City of Canterbury Squadron; air cadets Leigha Green and Sam Sinclair.

Dambusters: Charlie Crew

Amid the euphoria that followed the Dambusters raid in May 1943 was the sober realisation that the RAF had paid a high price. Fifty three airmen were killed, among them most of Charlie Crew.

Miraculously, one survived - rear gunner Fred Tees from Sussex. Correspondent Derek Johnson travelled to Germany with his nephew to find the crew and Fred's final resting place.


Dambusters: The Fallen

Mick Tees - Fred's nephew - and wife Lyn at Charlie Crew's resting place. Credit: Meridian

The Dambusters raid Seventy years ago has taken its place in British military history as a stirring tale of daring and courage.

Fred Tees before his Dambusters days Credit: Mick Tees

But the success of the raid on the great dams of Western Germany came with a high price for the RAF. Fifty three airmen were killed and eight of the nineteen aircraft lost.

Flight AJ/C and Charlie Crew were among the unlucky ones. Six of the seven airmen were killed when the Lancaster en route to the Lister dam crashed in Hamm.. The survivor was Fred Tees from Haywards Heath in Sussex.

Tragedy Above Hamm by Ivan Berryman shows AJ/c's last moments Credit: Ivan Berryman

Our Correspondent Derek Johnson travelled Germany's Ruhr Valley with Fred's nephew Mick Tees and his wife Lyn to find the last resting place of Charlie Crew - and discovers a twist in the tale.

Derek Johnson at the Lister Dam, Charlie Crew's target Credit: Meridian

Dambusters - 70 years on

Hundreds turned out for a service honouring the men of The Dambusters. It took place on the site of the former RAF West Malling airbase at Kings Hill in Kent, a place familier to Dambuster leader Guy Gibson.

We speak to Group Captain Patrick Tootal, author Robin Brooks and Dambuster veteran George Johnson. We also visit the grave of Dambuster pilot David Maltby and speak to two of his relatives, Mary and Jonathan Tapp.

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