Remembering The Dam Busters at 75

ONE of the most famous air raids of the Second World War – the “dam busters” – will be remembered on the actual 75th anniversary, on Thursday 17th May at the Royal Albert Hall, with historian Dan Snow and the 1955 film. The event is being broadcast nationwide, including at Bridport’s Electric Palace from 7.15pm.

Dan Snow (pictured) will be joined on stage by the Glenn Miller Orchestra and special guests, for The Dam Busters at 75 : Live from The Royal Albert Hall, paying tribute to Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his comrades of the legendary 617 Squadron.

Relive the Royal Air Force’s most daring operation of the Second World War, 75 years to the day, with a gala screening of the newly restored classic British film which was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Sir Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd.

The guests will include family members of both Dam Busters crew and the film’s director Michael Anderson, and historian Paul Beaver and Professor Hugh Hunt as they explore both the history of the raid and how it led to the making of a classic British film.

The Albert Hall audience will include former members of the 617 Squadron as well as current members of the Royal Air Force.

The first half will end with The Dam Busters March by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The screening of the film will start at 8.30pm.

This 75th anniversary event, which is being screened at cinemas nationwide, supports the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The Dam Busters is also being screened live at Poole Lighthouse.