South Wales Dambusters hyperlinks marked with museum donation (News)


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IWM (IWM FLM 2340)

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The Dambusters mission noticed “bouncing bombs” goal dams in Germany 75 years in the past

A museum in an space with sturdy hyperlinks to the Dambusters mission throughout World Conflict Two will obtain a particular donation from the London Mint on Saturday.

Porthcawl Museum, in Bridgend county, will get replicas of blueprints, photographs, maps, plans and different paperwork that when briefed Squadron 617 for the historic mission.

It noticed “bouncing bombs” goal dams in Germany on 16 Might 1943.

Eight planes have been misplaced and 53 males died in raids immortalised by the 1955 movie.

Fourteen of the 16 plane concerned within the mission concerned crew who had skilled at RAF Saint Athan, within the Vale of Glamorgan, and RAF Stormy Down, close to Pyle, Bridgend.

The occasion might be attended by Belinda Brown whose second cousin Gordon Yeo, an RAF gunner from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, was one of many heroes of the Dambusters raid.

A memorial to Sgt Yeo’s bomber crew was unveiled in northern Holland, in Might.

Chatting with Good Morning Wales, Belinda advised the story behind her cousin’s time with the RAF, which ended his his dying on the age of 20.

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Yeo household

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Sgt Gordon Yeo and his grave at Bergen cemetery

“Gordon was born in Barry, he lived in Citadel Anne Road, and have become a drapers assistant when he was 14,” she stated.

“He began volunteering for the RAF, and went to Canada to coach as a pilot, however one thing did not fairly work out, and he grew to become a entrance gunner and he was transferred to the 617 squadron.

“On one of many coaching runs, he flew over Barry and that was the final time he noticed Barry.”

Gordon was concerned with the breach of the Mohne Dam, which flooded the Ruhr valley and of villages within the Eder valley. His aircraft was shot down following the operation.

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Belinda Brown stated Sgt Gordon Yeo was ‘a person of immense braveness’

“Are you able to think about he was the entrance gunner in that place,” Belinda added.

“You are flying at 60ft over the low lands of Holland and then you definitely strategy the Mona Rattling. I have been there, I do not understand how they did it. It was a navigation masterpiece.

“They aimed on the turrets they usually dropped the bomb, they usually had all of the weapons, the German’s, taking pictures again and attacking them. It was only a outstanding piece of heroism.

“His physique washed up on the finish of Might and he was buried in Bergen cemetery.

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Elements of the aircraft that Gordon flew in got to Belinda when she visited the memorial in Holland

“His mom, father, sister and grandmother by no means acquired over the truth that they misplaced their solely son.”

The donation from London Mint might be displayed at Porthcawl Museum, along with a commemorative coin struck to mark the 75th anniversary.


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