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Memorial
Title
617 Sqn - Plaque
Images
Gatehouse Whole Plaque
Locations
Last known location:
Derwent Dam
Western Access Road
Derwent
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S33 0AQ

NGR:
SK 17097 89792
(From online digital mapping)
Location details:
In the western gatehouse of the dam.
Type
Overall type: Plaque


Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible.


Description:

A wall mounted rectangular brass plaque with polished narrow raised border and a raised inscription in upright capital roman lettering against a stippled ground.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque Brass c400 c600 c20 Good
Dimensions in millimetres unless stated otherwise, ±5mm.
Inscription
Plaque: THIS PLAQUE UNVEILED ON 16TH MAY 1988
COMMEMORATES THE NIGHT OF
16TH 17TH MAY 1943
WHEN 19 LANCASTERS OF 617 SQD. R.A.F
ATTACKED THE RUHR DAMS AT LOW LEVEL
ALSO REMEMBERED HERE ARE THE
204 617 SQD. AIRCREW WHO LAID DOWN
THEIR LIVES BETWEEN 1943-1945


Conflicts and people commemorated
Conflict WW2
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0
Total names 0
Administration
Custodian:
The gatehouse forms part of the structure of Derwent Dam, owned by Severn Trent Water Ltd.

Local Authorities:
Since 1974: Hope Woodlands Parish Council; High Peak Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
17th April, 1951: The memorial lies within the Peak District National Park designated on that date.

16th May, 1988: Unveiled.

17th May, 2010: Surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot.

21st September, 2014: Surveyed by Anne and Roy Branson.
References
The Seven Blunders of the Peak, Brian Robinson (Ed),
Scarthin Books, 1994, Pp 91-98, ISBN 0 907758 77 0
Comments
The book by Brian Robinson presents a case for 617 Squadron's use of Derwent Dam being minimal.
Page © Roy Branson