617 Squadron ( The Dam Busters )

617 Squadron, "The Dambusters", with 34 Lancasters and two Mosquitoes, the latter being used for low-level target marking.

617 Squadron operated from the airfield until the end of hostilities, pioneering the use of ultra-heavy bombs - the 12,000lb Tallboy and 22,000lb Grand Slam - both of which were used on special targets in operations from the airfield.

Dam Busters Memorial at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Official Historian:

Mr RM Owen

617 Squadron Aircrew Association

Grand Slam & TallBoys Used by Lancasters

617 Squadron re-union

On Saturday 14th May 2011 members of the 617 Squadron Aircrew Association visited Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre. Some of the special guests take time for a photo during their tour of the centre. L-R :- Association President Air Commodore John Langston CBE, Charles Avey, Doris Fraser her Husband was F/Lt John Fraser , Pat Hamilton and Wing Commander John Bell MBE DFC.

Photo by Oscarpix Imaging

F/Lt John Fraser

L- R:- Sqn Ldr. Benny Goodmann and F/Lt, Navigator Maurice Webster.

Photo by Thorpe Camp Preservation Group

L- R:- F/O Basil Fish,    A/G Charles Avey                                                    Alec Bates  Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

Photos by Thorpe Camp Preservation Group

Reunion in 2012 members of the 617 Squadron Aircrew

Association visited Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre. 

L-R :- Gp Cpt David Robertson, George Johnson and

Association President Air Commodore John Langston CBE

Photos by Oscarpix Imaging

Colin ColeWireless Operator

Photo by Thorpe Camp Preservation Group