My name is Charles Foster. I’m a writer, editor and designer and I live in Dublin, Ireland.
Since 2008, I have been compiling and writing a blog about the Dambusters – the aircrew from the RAF’s 617 Squadron who took part in the Dams Raid on 16/17 May 1943. It was set up as a service to anyone who would like to find out more, or share material, about the RAF’s 617 Squadron between its formation in March 1943 and the end of that year.
This website complements the day to day blog, and supplies a list of all the 133 aircrew who took part in the raid. Each has a link back to the individual profile on my Dambusters blog. I hope that this proves a useful resource for the future.
The intention is to give each of the men who took part in the raid the dignity of their own entry. Too often, their names are lumped together in the appendices at the end of a book, sometimes with their names misspelt and their family details incorrectly recorded.
That said, I am sure that there are still mistakes in my biographies, but the beauty of the interwebnet is that I can correct and update the entries as and when more information emerges. So if you spot anything that is wrong or can provide further details, then please contact me.
The reason for my interest is personal: my late mother was Jean Foster, née Maltby, and was Dams Raid pilot Sqn Ldr David Maltby’s younger sister. David and his whole crew were killed returning from an aborted operation in September 1943. This led me to write a book about David Maltby and his crew, which was published by Pen and Sword in 2008.