On the 14th of May 2022, I will be taking on The Dambusters Ride to help raise funds for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Bomber Command Museum, and the Legacy Place Society. Riders from all over the world will be taking part in the ride including the main ride in the U.K. I’ll be doing the ride here in Alberta and riding 50 miles(80.5km), riding with and supporting me will be friends Daz Coen and James Kendal, the route will be from The Bomber Command Museum in Nanton AB, out to Chain Lakes, and back to the museum. At the museum, we are holding a 617 Squadron event where the Lancaster Bomber will be displayed, along with various replica bombs used by the Squadron, including the famous bouncing bomb that was used during the Dambuster raids. The Lancaster will run at 11 am and then 3 pm following my return to the museum having completed the ride. I’m extending an invitation to donate to the charities noted below.
- A bit about me – IAN McCAUGHTRIE:
- Member of Royal Air Force 1984-1991
- 617 Sqn Dambusters 1984-1988
- Greater Manchester Police 1992-2009
- Calgary Police Service since 2009 (currently serving as Police Sergeant).
- A bit about the charities:
- Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund– Provision of benevolence assistance to current and former members of the RAF and their families. Website link: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund: The Dambusters Ride (enthuse.com)
- Bomber Command Museum– Located in Nanton, AB, the museum does great work remembering the heroes who fought for our freedom. Over 130 Canadians manned 617 Sqn during WW 2, so there is a great link between the British and Canadians on the Sqn. https://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/product/dambusters-ride-2022-donation/
- Legacy Place Society– Provides confidential support to individuals and families of law enforcement, they continue to be a great support to my colleagues in need of their help at The Calgary Police Service and emergency medical/fire services, 911, Veterans, and military personnel. The crisis phone line, emergency accommodations, and peer support/education partnerships raise awareness of ending the stigma and inspire systemic change with PTSD, suicide awareness, and mental health. https://legacyplacesociety.com .
History of the Dambusters Ride
On the night of 16-17 May 1943, the RAF’s 617 Squadron carried out an audacious bombing raid in the Ruhr valley, the heart of Germany’s war machine. They were disciplined, courageous, and determined and I hope to channel that when I take on the Dambusters Ride to honor the Dambuster crew’s service.
I have volunteered for the last few years, and I am a Director at the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton, Alberta, Canada. We have many exhibits; I assist on the Halifax Project restoring Bristol Hercules Engines to running status. The wrong trade I know, I am a former Rigger(airframes), not a Sooty (Propulsion). The museum also has one of the only four running Lancaster Bombers globally. The Lancaster Bomber will be brought out onto the front apron on display and run with all four Merlin Engines running. A sight and sound to behold. Donations from the public mainly fund the museum.
With my RAF and Police service, I have a great empathy with members of both military and first responders who struggle due to PTSD, etc. The Legacy Place Society will be in attendance at the museum to further advertise what they do and will be accepting donations. I know that we are all going through some difficult times, but I hope you can dig deep into your pockets and donate to at least one of these great causes. If you can’t, please share this to raise awareness of them at least.
Thank you so much for your attention and participation… Ian