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Britain's last surviving Dambuster flies again

Britain's last surviving Dambuster George 'Johnny' Johnson MBE, DFM, flew on board the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster.

Squadron Leader George 'Johnny' Johnson MBE,DFM

The historic flight took place earlier today to mark the raid's 75th anniversary.

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Johnny flew in the bomb aimer's position, the same position he had in 1943, as the aircraft flew over the dams of the Derwent Valley, just as he did 75 years ago whilst training for the 617 Squadron raid on the German dams.

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We are thrilled that we were able to finally mark this amazing anniversary in such a poignant way.

It was always our intent to pay tribute to Johnny as the last British Dambuster by carrying out this sortie on 16th May and we were bitterly disappointed that the weather stopped us yesterday. We seized the opportunity to complete this mission today with Johnny on board, flying a shortened sortie.

Sadly, the quick turn of events did not give the necessary time to organise the essential safety measure to handle the large volumes of traffic that would have been present had we announced the flight, but we felt it was important to fly Johnny on this historic day.

– Officer Commanding BBMF, Squadron Leader Andrew Millikin