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TE AWAMUTU Museum staff believe an
exhibition celebrating World War II’s famous
‘Dambusters’ will be one of its most popular ever.
The museum is hosting the Air
Force Museum of New Zealand’s
exhibition Dambusters: Bof-
fins, Bravery and Bouncing
Bombs until July.
The exhibition explores
the extraordinary story
of the Royal Air Force’s
617 Squadron and its
daring ‘Dambuster’ raids
on Germany’s Ruhr Valley
dams in 1943.
It details the planning that
went into the raids, the science
behind the ‘bouncing bombs’ and
the aftermath for the men involved as well as the
Ruhr Valley community.
It also covers the stories of the two New Zea-
landers who served with this elite unit, including
former Waitomo mayor and Dambuster pilot Les
Munro. Mr Munro was the subject of a TVNZ
documentary Reluctant Hero.
Museum and heritage director Anne Blyth
said the ‘Dambusters’ story is well known with
a book and a movie released following World
War II. But there was sustained interest in the
story and she was expecting the exhibition to
be very popular.
“It will primarily appeal to people interested
in World War II, Air Force and military aviation,
but this exhibition includes fascinat-
ing technology and interactive
components as well and is very
compelling,” says Ms Blyth.
“It will be captivating for
“Visitors will be amazed
by the stories of the in-
credibly brave pilots,.”
In conjunction with
‘Dambusters’ the museum
is holding a special tribute to
Mr Munro until April. Special
screenings of the classic 1955 film
Dambusters starring Richard Todd and
Michael Redgrave will also be held during the
Education programmes will be taught in con-
junction with the exhibition and interested teach-
ers can contact the museum to find out more.
‘Dambusters’ will open with a launch event
today from 2pm to 6pm with local singers, games,
activities and a chance to fly an Avro Lancaster
via iPad technology. The exhibition closes on
July 3. For updates and details of movie screening
times, visit – facebook.com/TeAwamutuMuseum
FORMER Waitomo mayor and Dambusters pilot the late Les Munro is to be featured in a
new exhibition – Dambusters: Boffins, Bravery and Bouncing Bombs – which opens at the Te
Awamutu Museum today.
the stories of
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THE Kawhia man who sparked a search
by sailing to Australia with his six-year-
old daughter Que has failed to appear
in court. Alan Langdon and Que sailed
out of Kawhia Harbour on a catamaran
on December 17 and weren’t found for
four weeks. He has since been charged
with allegedly taking his daughter out of
New Zealand without court permission,
knowing there were court proceedings
pending. He was due to appear at Te
Awamutu District Court yesterday, but
police weren’t able to serve him with a
summons as they were unable to contact
Yesterday, Community Magistrate Kathy
Wilson ordered a warrant for Langdon’s
arrest to be issued in place of a summons
to court, because police said they hadn’t
been able to contact him.
Speaking to Radio NZ, Langdon said
quarantine for his boat was keeping him
busy in Australia, and he hadn’t been
served with a court summons.
The maximum penalty for Langdon’s
charge is three months in prison or a fine
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