Dambusters dog: Headstone replaced to remove racist name

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The Dambusters dog: The Headstone was replaced to remove racist name. But the name remains in the movie version of The Dambusters.

The Dambusters
Image captionThe RAF said the gravestone had been replaced “as part of an ongoing review of its historical assets”

A gravestone honouring the Dambusters’ dog – whose name is a racial slur – has been replaced.

The 617 Squadron’s mascot, a black Labrador, died on the day of its famous “bouncing bomb” raid on German dams in 1943.

A memorial at the Dambusters’ World War Two base, RAF Scampton, bearing the dog’s name was removed.

The RAF said it did not want to give prominence to an offensive term that went against its ethos.

Sir Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, said he was “very fearful of our ability today to erase or re-write history”.

Image captionThe dog’s grave…

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Published by peter petterson

Father of four, grandfather of thirteen, and great-grandfather of eight. Resides in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Living happily in retirement and enjoying the company of my many young descendants.

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