Squadron Leader David Maltby DSO DFC is buried in the churchyard of one of the local villages to me at Wickhambreux near Canterbury, Kent. Today I visited his grave as a mark of respect to the entire 617 Dambuster squadron who went on that famous raid 70 years ago. David Maltby's crew delivered the bomb that finally broke the Mohne Dam on the night of 16/17 May 1943 and survived the raid.
Dambusters on BBC2 Thursday evening with Dan Snow ( see also the Derwant Dam commemoration) I was pleased top see David's son present at the ceremony who had been only 10 weeks old at his death. Also worth watching is this clip from the 24th Dambusters re union
Geoff Rice the pilot who hit the sea and lost his bomb on the way to the dams and I was pleased to see a letter in The Aeroplane magazine this month remembering Geoff and one of the talks he gave to an audience in the late 70's recounting the raid. Geoff dad said never completely came to terms with being the only survivor from his crew when they were shot down some months later. These were amazing men who I am sure none of us will forget. See some artwork of the raid here