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Last Dambusters Raid Survivor At Flypast  
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5609 times:

16th May 2008 is the 65th anniversary of the famous 'Dambusters' raid, by the specially formed 617 Sqn, RAF.
Only one survivor is left, Les Munroe from New Zealand, he was a special guest at a flypast over the dam used in the UK for training the crews.
With the UK's only flying Lancaster, as well as other Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft and 617 Sqn's current equipment, Tornado GR.4's.

Fitting perhaps that Munroe hails from New Zealand, since many of Bomber Command crews came from all over what we now call the Commonwealth, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, South Africa, Rhodesia, West Indies, as well as those from nations occupied by Germany.
Bomber Command had the highest ratio of losses for the British forces in WW2, the Dambusters raid being no exception.

Also at this flypast, were relatives of those such as Barnes Wallis, the bombs designer and others, including actor Richard Todd, who played the raid's leader, Guy Gibson, in the 1955 film. Todd himself served in the Parachute Regiment in WW2, taking part in another daring action, the drop on Pegasus Bridge on D-Day-which he reprised in the film The Longest Day .

Various BBC news reports, loads of great footage!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7404515.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7404554.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7405094.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7405636.stm

From inside the Lanc, stick with it, it gets more varied!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7405514.stm

More detail about Operation Chastise ;
http://www.dambusters.org.uk

617 Sqn today;
http://www.raf.mod.uk/structure/617squadron.cfm

Aside from the flying, this was to remember all who died, including those on the ground as a result of the raid, who now would be referred to by the dehumanising term, collateral damage .

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User currently offlineAstuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 9975 posts, RR: 96
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5599 times:
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Quoting GDB (Thread starter):
Only one survivor is left, Les Munroe from New Zealand, he was a special guest at a flypast over the dam used in the UK for training the crews.

Thanks, GDB.
What a BEAUTIFUL plane that Lanc is...  cloudnine 

Strange hearing Les's name too.....
A name (one of many) from a boyhood of far too many years ago, immortalised by Paul Brickhill's narrative, read over-and-over. Must be incredibly poignant to be the last survivor.... all those memories..

Suspect the Lancaster will remain my favourite plane for all time.....
Wonder if that's where my love of 4-engined aircraft originates... ?  Smile

Rgds


User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8842 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5590 times:



Quoting GDB (Thread starter):
Bomber Command had the highest ratio of losses for the British forces in WW2, the Dambusters raid being no exception

I have watched many stories about this raid, from movies to TV Specials, a tough job for those crews and I would imagine it is strange to be the last one standing out of the group. Hero's to my generation, that is for sure. I am sure he was proud to be there for the tribute and also considers himself to be lucky.



It is better to die on your feet, than live on your knees.
User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5586 times:



Quoting Astuteman (Reply 1):
What a BEAUTIFUL plane that Lanc is...

Beautiful to listen to as well.



Make the most of the available light ... a lesson of photography that applies to life
User currently offlineAstuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 9975 posts, RR: 96
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5565 times:
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Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 3):
Beautiful to listen to as well.

You are SO right.......  highfive .

Mind you - I'm guessing the guards on the top of the Moehne Dam weren't quite so thrilled......

Rgds


User currently offlineBa97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5415 times:

thanks for the post- outstanding


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User currently offline814NAS From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5343 times:



Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 3):
Beautiful to listen to as well.



Quoting Astuteman (Reply 4):
You are SO right.......

So true. Is there a finer sound than a RR Merlin engine, and the Lancaster has four of them.


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