Friday, 17 May 2013

The Dambusters

*creeps in* morning, isn't this early?!

I have scheduled this post because it's what my Dad would have done - he used to stay up late on 16th May and drink a wee dram in toast to the men of 617 Squadron. 

70 years ago on the night of 16th/17th May 1943 19 specially modified Avro Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron under the command of Wing Commander Guy Gibson  took off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire to carry out Operation Chastise. The attack on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in the Ruhr Valley in Germany would make history and lead to the Squadron being known as the Dambusters.

Of the 19 Lancasters that left Scampton, only 9 returned - but the success of the mission was a turning point in the war. 

I saw this on my Facebook feed earlier and it seemed an appropriate photo to share - I have no idea where it came from but the page I got it from was Wear Your Poppy With Pride.

I decided to create a wee card in tribute today.. and here it is. I've used the LOTV stamp Aeroplane and I had a bit of fun with the Aeroplane itself, I coloured it green and then added some brown camo effect. I know it doesn't look anything like a Lancaster Bomber but I liked the effect.

Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Oldie but A Goodie - Inspired by A Song (The Dambusters March)
Challenges for Everybody - Anything Goes
LOTV Ideas to Inspire - Boy Oh Boy

Aeroplane - LotV
Plane and Simple - Stampin Up

Colouring Medium

From stash (that square of cloud paper has been lurking about for a while unloved, I obviously cut it for something and changed my mind!)

Early Espresso - Stampin Up

Cloud Die - Dienamics
 Big Shot

Thanks for dropping by today. 



Jennifer Grissom said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing at MIM!

Desire Fourie said...

A wonderful creation. Loving the colours, design and attention to detail. Saw this on MIM and had to come over for a closer look. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,fabulous details and

catherine said...

Great card Susan and fab image. I met my husband at Scampton in the 90's and he worked on the
squadron .
Brought back some memories to us yesterday watching the tv
x catherine

1CardCreator said...

Sweet card, great tribute to your Dad too! ~Diane

rachel said...

wonderful card susan and such a fitting tribute - your dad would be proud xx

tilly's crafts said...

fabulous card Susan, a gorgeous image and a fantastic way to remember such an event!
Kim x

Alyce said...

what a gorgeous card and a great story behind it... i think you have done a great job :)

Tracey T said...

What a great post! The story of 617 squadron captured my imagination when I was a little girl and later, living in London, I used to pass Barnes Wallis' former home every day on the way to work. Love your wee tribute card. Hugs xx

Debs said...

Super cute card Susan - love how you coloured the airplane.
Debs xx

MagsB said...

I can't believe it was 70 years ago! I remember seeing the film with my family when I was a girl in a fleapit cinema in Oxford. And how moving it is at the end when Barnes Wallis is told of the men who didn't return. *raises mug of tea in memory*

Your card is so sweet, I love the 'camo' effect!

love Mags B x

Niki Rowland said...

Really great card, I love the image and I love the colours on the aeroplanes, just fab and a great tribute. Thanks for playing along this week at Sketch Saturday, Niki xx

Wishcraft said...

So lovely Susan. Love how you've coloured this sweet image and your details are perfect :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Janice said...

A good bit of history there, I listened about it yesterday on Radio 2, fascinating really . Love your Dambusters card, Jx

DesignerDiva said...

I love your card and I love your reason for making it today!
Great song too
Thanks for playing along with our inspired by a song challenge at Oldie But A goodie and good luck
Hugs Laurie x

Erica said...

Thanks so much for entering our first Lili of the Valley Challenge with your lovely card, Susan.
Good luck!
Erica x

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