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The 75th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid Short Break

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  • Brooklands and Silvermere Lake

  • RAF Museum Hendon

  • Two talks from aviation experts Prof. Richard Morris and Dr Robert Owen

The breaching of the Mohne and Eder Dams in May 1943 has gone down in history as one of the greatest feats of arms ever undertaken by the RAF, achieved through the ingenuity and persistence of Barnes Wallis and the skill and courage of the 617 Squadron. The 617 Squadron went on to famously sink the German battleship Tirpitz, using Barnes Wallis's 'earthquake' bombs. Discover more about this legendary operation with aviation historians Prof. Richard Morris and Dr Robert Owen.

2018 will mark the 75th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Talbot Hotel from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an illustrated talk by Prof. Richard Morris and Dr Robert Owen – ‘Breaching the German Dams’. Together Prof. Richard Morris and Dr Robert Owen wrote the book Breaching the German Dams – Flying into History.

Day 2: Brooklands, Silvermere Lake and Effingham.
This morning we visit the museum at Brooklands, former home of Vickers Aviation, viewing en route Silvermere Lake where Wallis conducted his early experiments establishing the principle of the bouncing bomb. View Barnes Wallis' office and examine in detail a Vickers Wellington, which used Wallis' unique geodetic construction, along with other historic aircraft and aviation artefacts plus wonderful classic racing cars that epitomise Brooklands' contribution to British motor sport. After lunch (not included) we continue to the village of Effingham, home for many years to Sir Barnes and Lady Wallis, and visit their final resting place in St Lawrence's Churchyard. Dinner at the hotel followed by talks by Richard Morris on '
Wallis' big bombs' and Dr Robert Owen 'The final attacks on Tirpitz'.

Day 3: RAF Museum Hendon.
Full day visit to the RAF Museum, Hendon where you will have a tour with expert guides, who will point out the machines and weapons used by the 617 Squadron for their epic attacks. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour managers' discretion.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 47 passengers.   

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Talbot Ripley Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room 
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, admissions, guided tours
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities 

HOTELS

Talbot Ripley
This chic four-star hotel is nestled in the heart of the picturesque Surrey village of Ripley. It has many period features from throughout its 500-year history, as well as the benefits of an extensive contemporary refurbishment. Bedrooms all have private bathroom facilities, TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

Talbot Ripley Website

MORE INFO - Please click here for more information

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

Discover more about the legendary operations and discuss them in the company of two established authorities: your hosts and guides are historian and author Professor Richard Morris and Dr Robert Owen, the official historian of the 617 Squadron Association, who together wrote "Breaching the German Dams - Flying into History", which revealed new aspects of the Dams Raid and the weapon that made it possible.

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

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Recent Reviews

 

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The hotel was poor our room needed some care and attention, the bathroom smelt it was configured terribly, our television did not work properly a light was hanging off the wall it needed a good clean and some TLC. The hotel food did not have much of a selection either. On the plus side Rob our Tour guide was charming, extremely knowledgeable and did a very good job.

Review by Jacques who travelled 28-September-2018


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Excellent tour. Lecturer and leader/lecturer very good. Hotel quite good, but window catches broken. Good job it wasn't cold! Staff very pleasant. Would recommend tour.

Review by Smith who travelled 28-September-2018


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This tour lived up to the high standard I have come to expect from Travel Editions. Have done several now and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Most interesting. Ready to choose next one now.

Review by Tomlinson who travelled 28-September-2018


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Lecturers were extremely good, interesting and knowledgable. The museums we visited were splendid. The hotel was slightly odd in that the heating was peculiar ( radiators didn't work but there was still acceptable heat) and the TV reception was awful.

Review by Kennewell who travelled 28-September-2018


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