Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Dambuster

70 years ago this week on the night of the 16&17 of May one of the most daring raids on Germany took place on the Rhur Valley to breach the The Möhne and Edersee Dams. I had already done some work looking into the background of this raid in looking for the remains of a dam used in the development tests of the bouncing bomb at the Nant-Y-Gro.
Some of the photos I took there were used in Britian at War Magazine for the 70 anniversary edition featuring the raid.  By chance while talking with a guy at work I was told one of the men from the raid was buried at a local church nearby. I felt I had to visit and see the grave of one of the people who made history. What I found was a bit more of a surprise than I expected.

  St Michael & All Angels was in Clifton Hampden and I had visited it a few years ago.
I saw this grave of Peter A Standing who won the South Atlantic medal a few years before so this time looked around some more of the churchyard.

Looking around the churchyard it was not looking before I came across some commonwealth War Graves
Then to my surprise I came across
Who is buried with his wife.
After looking round some more I finally found grave of David John Shannon DSO DFC RAAF 27.5.1922 - 8.4.1992  RAF 106 & 617 Squadron THE DAMBUSTERS.
I felt honored to have visited the graves of such men.
Beside his grave is that of is wife Ann
St Michael & All Saints is a beautiful churchyard with a view over the Thames. I will revisit and post some photos of the church inside which is just as superb.


  1. Fascinating post with wonderful pictures as always.

    Thank you for linking up with Cemetery Sunday

    Beneath Thy Feet

  2. This is a thoughtful post - very nice to see these photos and think of these people.

    1. The Dambusters was one of those storys will go down in history along with the taking of Pegasus Bridge. I felt it was an honour to visit the graves of peole you read about.

  3. What an honour it would be! Wonderful photos, Bill!

  4. I am not as familiar with this battle as some others (so thanks for the links), but I can say I share that inner thrill of finding the gravesite of a familiar name from history.

  5. As a school kid it was the stuff you loved to read about Guy Gibson VC you never thought of the others who were as much a hero as him. Dave Shannon was one of the lucky ones he came back and survived the war many did not.

  6. What an amazing place, and beautiful photos.

    1. It's a quiet village church and churchayard, we are luck to have them in the area. Thanks for the comment.

  7. I lived very close to the Mohne Dam for several years, the Dambusters mission must have seemed a very daunting task as it is huge. Interesting to see the headstone of one of the crew, thanks for sharing.
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