Lancaster bombers fly over Derwent

Crowds gathered to watch two Lancaster bombers fly over Derwent Dam in Derbyshire.Pics by Chris Etchells.

Crowds gathered to watch two Lancaster bombers fly over Derwent Dam in Derbyshire.Pics by Chris Etchells.

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Two Lancaster bomber planes paid tribute to the Battle of Britain today by flying over the Derwent Dam for the first time in 50 years.

The formation over the Derbyshire reservoir involved the planes, as well as a Canadian V-RA, a Hurricane and a Spitfire.

Crowds gathered to watch two Lancaster bombers fly over Derwent Dam in Derbyshire. The RAF BBMF's Lancaster was joined by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's V-RA Lancaster.

Crowds gathered to watch two Lancaster bombers fly over Derwent Dam in Derbyshire. The RAF BBMF's Lancaster was joined by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's V-RA Lancaster.

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They passed over the dam on the day Royal Air Force veterans gathered in Sheffield to pay their respects to those who fought in the Battle of Britain.

The site is also where the famous ‘bouncing bomb’ was tested ahead of the historic Dambusters raid in 1943.

Crowds gathered to watch two Lancaster bombers fly over Derwent Dam in Derbyshire. The RAF BBMF's Lancaster was joined by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's V-RA Lancaster.

Crowds gathered to watch two Lancaster bombers fly over Derwent Dam in Derbyshire. The RAF BBMF's Lancaster was joined by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's V-RA Lancaster.

A big turnout saw the display, which was partly a tribute to the Canadians’ part in the Second world War – 29 of the 133 men in the Dambusters raid were Canadian.

Squadron Leader Mason said: “It has been a milestone in Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight history to fly with V-RA in the UK. To carry out a flypast over the Derwent Dam is a fitting finale before the Canadians make their long trip home next week. Used to train for the famous Dambusters Raid by 617 Squadron in 1943, the dam is part of our nation’s history.

“To carry out this flypast on is a significant part of the RAF’s and the BBMF’s heritage.”

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