Aerial archaeology

My blog (19 May) on my great-uncle’s experience as an RAF Lancaster bomber pilot during the Second World War has prompted several fascinating responses, not least from a brother of mine who had spent several seasons in the early 1990s working on archaeological sites in the Canadian High Arctic. What I hadn’t realised was that the sites he encountered were not just of prehistoric date ...


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The other Dambusters Raid: Flight Lieutenant William Norman Cook, D.F.C., R.A.F.V.R.

With the celebrations this week of the seventieth anniversary of the Dambusters Raid, I have special reason to remember one of the other dambuster raids carried out by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War - the attempt in December 1944 to breach the Urft and Schwammenauel Dams on the Ruhr River, directly in the path of the US 9th Army as it fought through the Hürtgen Forest into Germany ...


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