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Dambusters themed ride draws close

70 years on, plucky Brits will again descend on the Mohne Dam

ON the 14th of May this year, motorcyclists from across the country will meet at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and ride to the Mohne Dam in Germany - their arrival will be timed exactly to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the famous Dambusters Raid. 

The bikers will arrive on the 16th/17th of May, precisely 70 years after 617 Squadron launched the daring operation in 1943.

RAF Scampton has a museum dedicated to the operation, as well as Wing Commander Guy Gibson's quarters preserved exactly as they would have been in 1943.

Supported by the Royal Air Force, all proceeds raised by the run will be split 80/20 between Help For Heroes and Motorcycle Outreach, which works to provide motorcycles for healthcare workers in developing countries.

Simon Dufton, who is responsible for the event, said: 'The Dambusters 2013 ride will be a truly memorable event – a commemoration of a ground breaking historic event, coupled with an excellent motorcycle ride to Germany. Planning for the event is coming together well, but we are advising motorcyclists to ‘sign on’ as soon as possible, so that we can ensure that all are properly catered for at each end of the ride.'

Motorcyclists who are interested in being involved should book as soon as possible. To enter, prospective Dambusters must raise £250 and donate it online at a dedicated Virgin Money Giving site. Click here for further details on what you get as a 'Dambusters 2013 Rider', the charities that are being supported, and the ride itself.

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