GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13457 posts, RR: 77 Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6213 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 .
Astuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10657 posts, RR: 97
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6203 times:
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.
What a BEAUTIFUL plane that Lanc is...
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... ?
WarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 10572 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6194 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.