THE chance to get a VIP tour of an historic RAF squadron before it disbands is up for grabs.
The Dambusters 617 Squadron, which is based at RAF Lossiemouth, is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
In October the Tornado squadron will deploy to Afghanistan for its final tour of duty before returning to the Moray base next spring, when it will disband.
The arrival of the Typhoon aircraft next year at RAF Lossiemouth will see the base go through a transition.
Although 617 Sqn will reform in 2016 as an F-35 Lightning II squadron, it will no longer be based in Moray.
The Moray branch of Marie Curie Cancer Care has a fantastic prize of a squadron tour, 70th anniversary print and the chance to sit in a Tornado on the ground.
The squadron donated the prize to a recent five-a-side football competition in Elgin, and Jan Scott, secretary of the Marie Curie committee, decided a silent auction would be the best way to raise additional funds.
Sergeant Jim Crabb, flight operations manager with the squadron, will give a guided tour of the 617 Sqn headquarters at Lossiemouth, including a visit to its history room.
This will be the last opportunity for anyone to experience this before the squadron deploys to Afghanistan and then disbanding.
The visit will include a briefing on the squadron’s famous history, particularly its role in the German dam raids of World War Two when it was a Lancaster squadron, and an insight into the work carried out by the squadron today.
"This is a unique opportunity for someone. They will be one of the last people to visit the squadron. It won’t be too much longer before they start taking away all our historical artefacts," said Sgt Crabb.
Silent bids for this great prize, with all the money going to Marie Curie’s work in Moray, should be e-mailed to email@example.com or can be posted to Marie Curie
617 Squadron, 74-76 South Street, Elgin, IV30 1JG.
All bids must be in by 5pm on Wednesday, September 4. The visit will take place before the end of September.