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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.



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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