The Canal Raids


I am indebted to a great number of people for their assistance in producing this website.

"Uncle Will" Hay, the collator of 49Sqn records for the huge amount of information he has provided.
Herr Hermann Döbber a local historian in Gravenhorst for his help with details of the raids on the Mittelland Canal.
Dr Eckhart Schenkel for his assistance with the history of the DEK.
The town council of Hörstel for providing a copy of their excellent magazine covering 100 years of the Dortmund Ems Canal.
Dr Klaus Offenburg who contributed many of the articles to the Hörsteler Magazine which provided much needed background information.
Herr Willi Untiet of Ladbergen for providing much of the information concerning the German defences and attacks on the DEK.
Herr Smitz of the Kampfmittelbeseitigung in Detmold for details of the post war bomb clearances.
Herr Stork from Ladbergen who provided all the ground level photographs of the attacks on Ladbergen.
Mr Steve Vessey of Reepham for copies of Air Link, the newsletter of the Lincolnshire Aviation Society which contained much useful information.
Dr Axel Schollmeier of the Stadtmuseum for information about the DEK in Münster.
Herr Andre Mairose of the WSA (Wasser-Und Schiffahrtsamt) in Rheine for invaluable information about the reconstruction of the DEK at Ladbergen.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission for details of burial sites.
Mr John Hey and Herr Willi Riegert for details of crashsites.
Herr Johan Schuurman from Holland for details and pictures of flak towers
Sgt Paul Patist of the Dutch Police for answering my original enquiry.
Herr Riepling of the Ibbenbürener Volkszeitung for images of the bomb clearance.
Herbert Ründe of the Heimatverein-Greven for several images and a lot of information.

Thank you also to the unknown many who answered my questions about the canal as they were walking their dogs or simply taking a quiet afternoon stroll.