World War 2 Battlefield Tours – 2017 (page 7)
The tour list gives the full index of all of our battlefield, pilgrimage and war graves tours covering the Second World War. Expanded details are also available in our brochure, contact us for a copy.
WORLD WAR 2: Dambusters Raid and Colditz Castle
Led by Robert Owen, Official Historian of the 617 Squadron Aircrew Association
12th – 17th August,
6 Days, 5 Nights
Day 1 – This tour takes us across France, Belgium and into Holland, where we spend our first night.
Day 2 – The next day we visit Rheinberg Cemetery in Germany to pay our respects to Flt. Lt. Hopgood and four of his crew members who perished in the Dambusters Raid. We then visit the Dambusters crews interred in Reichswald Forest Cemetery and hold our Service of Rememberance, before visiting the crash site of Lancaster A/JB piloted by Flt. Lt. Astell.
Day 3 – The third day is spent visiting the immense Mohne and Eder Dams, both successfully breached by the Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb, so accurately dropped by the team led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson and for which he was to receive the Victoria Cross. We also visit the crash site of Flt. Lt. Hopgood, before we travel through the beautiful German countryside to our hotel.
Day 4 – The next day sees us in the quaint old town of Colditz, dominated by its inspiring and infamous castle and divided by the River Mulde. We take a guided tour of the Castle museum rooms to see the artefacts so cleverly used to plan and facilitate daring escapes.
Day 5 – The tour returns through Germany and into the Arnhem area in the Netherlands, visiting Oosterbeek Cemetery en-route to our overnight hotel.
Day 6 – On our way back to the UK we'll visit the Bergen op Zoom Cemetery to see the last resting place of Pilot Officer Burpee and crew, who perished on the raid, before finally visiting the grave of Guy Gibson VC and his navigator Jim Warwick, who lie in Steenbergen Cemetery. We'll also see the Dambusters Memorial so proudly erected by the townsfolk.
A superb tour, top marks to Ian Alexander and Rob Owen for the history and information given to us.