First Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire talk for their 2012 Year of Aviation
Augsburg Raid 70th Anniversary Talk
Seventy years ago on 17th April 1942 a daring low level daylight bombing raid was mounted by Bomber Command from squadrons based at the two Lincolnshire airfields of RAF Waddington and RAF Woodhall Spa. The target for the raid was the MAN diesel factory in Augsburg, Southern Germany.
Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) is organising an evening talk by the aviation historian Robert Owen to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of this iconic raid at the Petwood Hotel at Woodhall Spa, which will start at 7.30pm.
The Augsburg Raid was mounted by a combined force of 12 Lancaster aircraft from 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron at RAF Waddington and 97 Squadron at RAF Woodhall Spa. Not only did the raid target a vital factory to the German U-Boat production programme but it also helped prove the viability of the Avro Lancaster as a main force Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber. These aspects of the raid will be explored by Rob Owen, who will also highlight the award of the Victoria Cross to the raid’s leader Squadron Leader John Nettleton; plus several other awards including DFCs, DFMs and a DSO.
Admission to the event will cost £5.00 per person, with proceeds being donated to the ‘Flights for Life’ charity. Tickets need to be booked in advance by contacting AHL via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01529 308135 / 01529 308172.
The Petwood Hotel
Updates about the events being organised by AHL can be found on their website at www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com