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Lancaster Bombers over Windermere

The last two Lancaster Bombers flying over Windermere Photo: ITV News Border

There are only two Lancaster Bombers left from the WWII Dambuster raids.

One lives in the UK, the other lives in Canada, which means it is not only rare to see one of them, it's even rarer to see them both together.

But today they came to Cumbria to celebrate a very special birthday.

Two Lancaster Bombers flew over Windermere Credit: ITV News Border

Archie Johnstone from Grange-over-Sands, was a navigator in 617 Squadron of the RAF, which has become known as the famous Dam Busters squadron.

His son, Robert Johnstone, had organised a fly past of his nursing home on his 100th Birthday on 7th September but he died in April at the age of 99.

The fly past was moved to Brockhole Visitor Centre, where Archie and Robert, who lives in Lancaster, would often come for days out. It became a tribute to a hero.

Archie Johnstone, a Dam Buster Navigator Credit: RAF Museum

"It's sad that he's not here but he would have loved it. He loved being the center of attention. He loved being thought of as a celebrity."

– Robert Johnstone, Archie's Son
Hundreds came to the shores of Windermere to watch the fly past Credit: ITV News Border

Hundreds of people came to the National Park's Brockhole visitor centre to watch the famous planes fly and soak in the sun.

There were 1940s-themed games and historical scenes from the frontline and the home front.

There were WWII-themed events at Brockhole Credit: ITV News Border

"It's an absolute once in a lifetime opportunity. To have both the Lancaster bombers flying over Windermere and flying over Brockhole is a one-off."

– Liz Moss, Lake District National Park Authority
Hundreds waited for a few seconds' glimpse of the planes Credit: ITV News Border