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Remembering “The Dambusters” Operation with George “Johnny” Johnson, MBE.

18th February 2018

Sunday 18th February 2018. Just £20 per person.

4.30pm – 6.30pm approximately. Doors open at 3.45pm

Join us at Thornbury Castle Hotel for a rare opportunity to hear a first-hand account of the Dambusters operation, from George “Johnny” Johnson, MBE. He was decorated with the MBE by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in November 2017.

Johnny, now aged 96, is our last remaining British Dambuster and vividly recounts his experience of the most daring and ingenious Royal Air Force operation in World War 2. On May 16 1943, Johnny, together with a group of specially selected aircrew, took off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.  They had all been trained to fulfil one special mission: destroy three dams, deep within Germany’s Ruhr valley. These dams provided vital power to the industries supplying the Nazi war machine.

From the outset, it was an almost impossible task, a suicide mission: to fly low level and at night, across many miles of enemy territory, dropping a new weapon, that had never been tried operationally, and from height as low as 60 feet. It was a daring task, but against the odds, Johnny and his crew survived.

Johnny will talk about the secret training exercises, in the specially adapted Avro Lancaster, he will describe how the attack on the Sorpe Dam was made and discuss the consequences of the operation.

Following Johnny’s presentation, there will be an opportunity (for a £10 cash donation), to have your books and prints signed, or purchase signed prints and photos, that will be available.

Pre-booking is essential and full payment is required on booking. We will not be able to take payment at the door on the day.

(A minimum number of guests is required to guarantee that the event will run. Should we need to cancel the event, refunds will be issued)

To book, please call our events team on 01454 281182, or email julie.ransom@thornburycastle.co.uk