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DAMBUSTER - "OPERATION CHASTISE" COMMEMORATED

Seventy five years ago this day saw one of the great morale-boosting events of World War Two - the

famous "Dambusters" raid on the industrial heartland of Nazi Germany.  Some years ago, I was

present in a small upstairs room of a Torbay pub to listen to the talk given by George "Johnny" Johnson,

the bomb-aimer of the Lancaster flown by American pilot Pat MacCarthy to attack the Sorpe Dam.

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DAMBUSTER

Today, May 16, marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Chastise - the famous "Dambusters"

raid on the great dams of industrial wartime Germany.  I am re-posting this poem - dedicated

to Sqdn. Ldr. G.L. "Johnny" Johnson DFC, sergeant-bomb-aimer on AJ-T for Tommy - who

took his crew around the Sorpe dam ten times before being ready to drop their bomb on its

intended target.  He j...

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DAMBUSTER - dedicated to Sqdn Ldr G.L.Johnson DFC

Some years ago, I was priviliged to be in an upstairs room of a small Torquay pub to hear the

tale of the Dambusters' raid - "straight from the horse's mouth".  "Johnny" Johnson was the

sgt. bomb aimer who took his Lancaster around 10 ten times before being satisfied about his

bomb drop on the Sorpe dam.  The dam was damaged but not breached due to the failure

of planning to tak...

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