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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Battle of the Atlantic: Remembering WW2 Heroes

On Sunday the sun shone, so we zoomed down to Liverpool to see the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic in WW". There were lots of displays by the armed forces along the waterfront, but the highlight for me was the Battle of the Mersey.

A group of 'pirates' captured the historic tugboat Brocklebank. Royal Navy patrol vessels and landing craft sped to the rescue, and commandos from HM Royal Marines boarded the captured ship from a Sea King helicopter.It was good to see the Merseyside Maritime Museum's Brocklebank being put through her paces - even the Mersey ferryboats got in on the action! Then there was a flypast from a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - very exciting!

Photos © Sue Wilkes: The 'Battle of the Mersey' and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast at Liverpool on 25 May.

STOP PRESS!'s latest addition to their online records is the Operations Record Book for 'Operation Chastise' undertaken by the brave men of 617 Squadron - the famous 'Dambusters' raid.  The squadron was based at RAF Scampton.  The new records release is a fabulous resource if you have ancestors who served on this historic raid: sadly, 53 air crew died during the mission.

Update 27 August 2013: Images of all the Dambuster crews have just been released.
Images courtesy show a Lancaster bomber (built in Lancashire) and one of the crews which took part in the Dambusters raid (crew of Lancaster bomber ED285/AJ-T).

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