New insight into reservoirs’ role in Second World War

Wing Commander Guy Gibson
Wing Commander Guy Gibson
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THE LEGACY of the Dambusters heroes will live on around the waters of South Yorkshire through a new history project.

Visitors to Langsett and Midhope will be able to learn of the reservoirs’ role in the Second World War through a series of new information displays and archive materials.

Points of interest, such as the locations used as a training camp for the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron ahead of the infamous Dambuster raids on the Ruhr Valley, will be mapped out.

Both areas were used to accommodate thousands of troops during the conflict.

The Langsett and Midhope at War project involved history enthusiasts, local people with memories of the war and Yorkshire Water.

Alastair Harvey, Yorkshire Water’s recreation advisor, said: “Not only are these two reservoirs stunning locations to enjoy the great outdoors, they’re also places of real historical significance.”

Milo Milinkovic, founder of Langsett and Midhope at War, added: “This area played a vital role in the war effort, as did the local population. No record of those times had ever been created and our aim was to capture and record that story.”