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Dambusters Tour 2019 - Taxi in a Lancaster!

Dates

16-20 June 2019

DAMBUSTERS TOUR 2019 - 'TAKE OFF'

The night of 16th May 1943 was clear with a full moon, perfect conditions for the Dambusters raid, officially known as Operation Chastise. The specially modified Lancaster’s of 617 Squadron were despatched in three waves from RAF Scampton.

Wing Commander Guy Gibson led the first wave and attacked the Möhne Dam. The bombs had to be released from precisely 60 feet, at a speed of exactly 220 m.p.h. His ‘Upkeep’ bomb detonated successfully but failed to breach the dam. After two further abortive attacks the dam was finally breached by Squadron Leader Young's Lancaster. Gibson meanwhile accompanied Young on his approach to divert the Anti-Aircraft Fire from the dam towers onto himself and to allow his gunners to provide covering fire. Gibson radioed back to England the prearranged code word, indicating that the dam had been breached.

Wing Commander Gibson then led the remainder of his force to the Eder Dam where, with complete disregard for his own safety, he repeated his tactics and although the first two mines failed to breach the dam, the third Lancaster succeeded.

For his gallantry in this raid, Wing Commander Gibson received the Victoria Cross and 32 other members of the squadron were also decorated.

One of  the 'Upkeep' bouncing bombs loaded onto a converted Lancaster, ready for the raid

THE DAMBUSTERS TOUR, PART ONE 'TAKE-OFF'
The Dambusters raid is one of the most remarkable military actions of World War II on land, sea or air. We are offering you the once in a lifetime chance to take a taxi ride in one of the few remaining Lancaster's in the World. You will stay in the same hotel that 617 Squadron used as a base and drink in the same bar. As well as the taxi ride, your tour culminates in a flight over the actual dam where the Lancaster crews trained in early 1943.

DAY ONE
Sunday. Your tour commences on Sunday morning as we get together in London ready for our luxury coach ride to Lincolnshire. Check-in for the Dambusters Tour in the ‘601 Room’ at the RAF Museum, Hendon. We will have Tea/Coffee and pastries available throughout the morning and there will be ample free time to visit the exhibition halls of the RAF Museum. The first stop en-route to Lincolnshire is a visit to Duxford Aerodrome. Here we have a light lunch/afternoon tea planned, along with a secret (but very special) presentation and then free time to visit Duxford IWM. In the early evening we arrive at the Petwood, our hotel for the next three nights. From January 1944, the Petwood became the officers' quarters for 617 Squadron when they were posted to the nearby Bomber Command station at Woodhall Spa. In the early evening we will get together for our welcome drink's reception followed by dinner and a special guest speaker who will entertain you into the evening.

Enjoy the splendour and history of the Dambusters 'Local' during your 3-night stay at The Petwood Hotel

DAY TWO
Monday. Today, we take the opportunity to tour the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby. You will get to see the BBMF aircraft, in particular the Avro Lancaster, at close quarters and observe the skilled technicians keeping these historic warbirds in airworthy condition. We then make our way to RAF Scampton the operational base for the Dambusters crews of 617 Squadron, where we have arranged a visit to Guy Gibson’s office. Before dinner we will have an exclusive showing of the 1955 Dambusters film, in a unique location.

Enjoy a private guided tour of  the Battle of Britain Memorial flight and then Guy Gibson's office.

Sit back and relax at our private showing of the newly restored 1955 film - The Dambusters

DAY THREE
Tuesday. It’s time for a major highlight of the tour, your chance to take a taxi ride in an original WWII Lancaster. We have exclusively booked ‘Just Jane’ for the day and there will be plenty of photo opportunities before you take your seat. After a briefing in the operations hut you climb aboard this iconic aircraft and feel the four Rolls Royce Merlin engines throb as they build up to take-off power. Once it’s moving down the runway you are experiencing the same sensation as those crews back on 16th May 1943.


Your chance to take a taxi ride in one of the few surviving examples of this iconic WWII Bomber

After the excitement of the taxi rides we make our way to the International Bomber Command Centre on the outskirts of Lincoln. The IBCC is a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. Providing the most comprehensive record of the Command in the world. We start the evening with a guided tour of the three Exhibition Galleries: Operation Bomber Command, Home Fronts and Remembering Bomber Command. Then you will have free time to explore the International Peace Gardens, the Memorial Spire and Walls of Names. Our day finishes with a private group dinner as the sun sets over this remarkable memorial to Bomber Command.

The International Bomber Command Centre and it's centrepiece monument overlooking Lincoln Cathedral

DAY FOUR
Wednesday. After checking out of the Petwood Hotel we travel West to Derwent Water in Derbyshire. This is where 617 Squadron mastered low-level flying and perfected their ‘dambusting’ technique. You will now get the chance to retrace the steps of your heroes with a 30-minute helicopter flight over the stunning scenery of the Peak District, culminating in a pass over Derwent Dam, exactly as the Dambusters did in training – admittedly a little higher than the 60 feet they practised at! After all this excitement, enjoy a relaxing journey back South to Leicestershire and our farewell drinks and last group dinner.
Follow in the footsteps of the Dambuster crews with a 30-minutes helicopter flight over the Derwent Valley Dam and stunning Peak District countryside

Day Five

Thursday. We check out of the hotel and take a brief detour to drive past the Eyebrook Reservoir, another of the 617 Squadron practice bombing locations. Finally making the short trip back to the RAF Museum in North London, where we began. You will have one last opportunity to explore the exhibition halls before your onward journey.

Immerse yourself in the history of the Dambusters raid and commemorate the gallant heroes of 617 Squadron with like-minded enthusiasts. The Dambusters Tour – Part One, takes you from the raid planning, through the weeks of intensive low-level training to the point of take-off on 16th May 1943 with our truly interactive and exclusive tour.

The Dambusters Tour - Part Two 'Enemy Coast Ahead' - Coming June 2020.

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Sunday 16 June - Thursday 20 June 2019

Dambusters Tour - Part One

WE ONLY HAVE 6 OF THESE PACKAGES LEFT

Your Dambusters Tour includes:-

• 4 nights hotel accommodation in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire on a bed & breakfast basis
• Drink reception on the first and last evenings
• Daily transfers in our luxury coach
• Lancaster taxi ride in one of the crew positions of the Lancaster (excluding cockpit)
• 30-minute ‘Dambusters Run’ helicopter flight*
• Entry and guided tour of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and RAF Scampton visit
• Group dinner every night including a 1/2 bottle of wine per person
• Group lunch on all days

*Subject to weather conditions. Should it not be possible to fly then a refund will be made to the full value of the individual flight booked or an alternative date will be arranged at your convenience. Subject to the standard T & C’s available from our website. *All our prices include VAT.  'Buy Now' prices shown are per person based on two guests sharing a double/twin room, you will need to buy a full package for every person in your group. There is a single person supplement of £800pp, please add a single person supplement to the basket before ordering. For further information or to make a telephone booking please call our booking hotline 0800 5999 077 between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

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Our ticket allocation is getting low

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£1595.00 Prices are PER PERSON and
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Saturday 16 June - Wednesday 20 June 2018

Single Person Supplement

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Single Person Supplement for 4 nights at the Dambuster Tour hotels. Please add to your basket if you are purchasing and 'odd' number of packages. You will still have a Double Room as per the Double/Twin packages, but all to yourself!

 

Ticket Availability

Our ticket allocation is getting low

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£800.00 Prices are PER PERSON and
include VAT where it is applicable
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Sunday 16 June - Thursday 20 June 2019

Dambusters Tour - Part One - Cockpit Upgrade

SOLD OUT FOR 2018

Your Dambusters Tour includes:-

• 4 nights hotel accommodation in Lincolnshire and the South Midlands on a bed & breakfast basis
• Drink reception on the first and last evenings
• Daily transfers in our luxury coach
• Lancaster taxi ride in the cockpit of the Lancaster
• 30-minute ‘Dambusters Run’ helicopter flight*
• Entry and guided tour of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and RAF Scampton visit
• Group dinner every night including a 1/2 bottle of wine per person
• Group lunch on all days

 If you choose our cockpit upgrade, you'll get to see the whole taxi ride from the pilot's eye view

*Subject to weather conditions. Should it not be possible to fly then a refund will be made to the full value of the individual flight booked or an alternative date will be arranged at your convenience. Subject to the standard T & C’s available from our website. *All our prices include VAT.  'Buy Now' prices shown are per person based on two guests sharing a double/twin room, you will need to buy a full package for every person in your group. There is a single person supplement of £800pp, please add a single person supplement to the basket before ordering. For further information or to make a telephone booking please call our booking hotline 0800 5999 077 between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Ticket Availability

SOLD OUT