South West Region

Guard of Honour for Sqn Leader Johnny Johnson, Last Survivor of Dambusters Raid

Cadets and Staff from Lyneham, Marlborough and Devizes squadrons in the Dorset/Wiltshire area were invited by members of the Foxham Reading Room to form a Guard of Honour to welcome Sqn Ldr Johnny Johnson, the last surviving member of the Dambusters Raid in WW2, to lunch in recognition of RAF100.

Sqn Ldr Johnson spent time talking to the cadets about his experience as a bomber in the Dambusters Raid, and encouraged the cadets to "follow their dreams and ambitions", especially if their choice is to become a member of the armed services.

Cdt Cpl Cooper asked how Sqn Ldr Johnson felt after the raid and he answered: "It was my job to ensure that the pilot was exactly on target and when we flew over the dam and saw the water break the walls, it was an incredible sight."

The Dambusters raid, codenamed Operation Chastise, was an audacious bomb raid on three heavily defended dams in the Ruhr Valley, Germany.

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