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Dambuster Pilot buried in Kent
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2008, 22:51:06 »
As he was then, Flt Lt David Maltby took off in AJ-J on 16 May 1943 from RAF Scampton as part of 617sqn heading for the Mohne Dam.

His aircraft was the fifth over the target and it was his bomb that finally broke the dam and instigated the transmission of the codeword Nigger to indicate the mission was successful. He was the first aircraft to return and for their part in the raid Maltby was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, Sgt Vivian Nicholson (navigator) the Distinguished Flying Medal and P.O John Fort (bomb aimer) the Distinguished Flying Cross.

On 14 September 1943, still with 617sqn Maltby took off for a raid on the Dortmund Canal. The weather was appalling and a recall signal sent. As the aircraft turned over the North Sea Maltby's aircraft crashed into the sea. His was the only body recovered.

He had married in 1942 to a girl from Wickhambreaux in Kent and is buried in the churchyard of St Andrew's church there.


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