It was a huge pleasure to be able to witness a fantastic display of flying history and see the aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight mark the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters raid.
On March 16th 1943 133 airmen of the Royal Air Force's 617 Sqn took to the skies in 19 Avro Lancaster bombers specially adapted to carry a unique bouncing bomb designed by Barnes Wallace. Of the 19 aircraft that took off only 11 returned resulting in the loss of 56 aircrew.
Their bravery and skill changed the course of WWII by breaching the Mohne & Eder Dams and severely damaging the Sorpe Dam. This gave a catastrophic blow the industrial might of the German was machine by destroying countless factories and hydro electric power-plants.
It was a privilege to witness the display and be part of the huge crowd of people who were there to remember this historic moment but to also remember the countless number of lives that have been lost on both sides.
Popped down to London for a spot of street photography last week. It was a hot sticky day with clear blue skies. It made for high contrast scenes on the streets but also lent itself for some great B&W conversions like this one. If you'd like to see more of my images from London please feel free to see my blog post robferrol.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/the-streets-of-london/
I'd been looking forward to this particular day out with fellow friend & photographer Carl Mick for some time. Having been tied to my desk and other commitments for some time I was looking forward to getting out and shooting some landscapes. The light over the last few weeks had been to die for so I was hoping for some fab light today. Anyway, last night we were both keeping a close eye on the weather forecast and to our dismay became frustrated at the sudden change in the forecast which showed heavy rain showers right over Whitby and at sunrise.
Having had many a wasted trip because of poor weather it had crossed both our minds to scrub the trip but, thankfully, we chose to brave it and see what the morning would bring. I, for one, am quite pleased with what we had considering the possibility of an ensuing damp squib but Carl was hoping for a slightly lower tide to see the wreck of the Admiral Von Tromp which sits close to the base of the Nab. Looks like yet another trip to Saltwick is needed :-)