Remembering a "Dam Buster" - the last of his kind.  I had the privilege of meeting him and hearing  

his account of that famous WW2 exploit in which he was the bomb-aimer who took his Lancaster 

nine times to the Sorpe dam before he was ready to release the bomb-load that it carried. 


Whippet-lean and dry of tone,

With manner self-effacing, 

He conjured up the distant drone

Of Merlins moon-light chasing


He made it easy to believe

How different were those days when

Young men like him dared to achieve

Great deeds in daring ways then.


Though many springs had left behind

That distant May-moon night,

Those who listened would soon find 

Themselves aboard that flight.


In the Moon-bright ray a life away

From the mocking and modern world,

He and we lay in the bomb-aimer's bay

As the target beneath us unfurled.


Time and around,and around yet again,,

The hazards and risks multiplying,,

Till the right time arrived and the Lancaster dived

At the target for which it was trying.


A hit but no breach, then away out of reach,

The hand that was held had been played.

No more could be done, but much had been won,

While sacrifice was sought - and was made.


When the Lord seeks for angels (and HE wants the best),

To safeguard the Kingdom of Heaven,

There are many deserving, but may I suggest

The squadron they call Six One Seven




◄ CHRISTMAS SNOW - an annual seasonal song



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M.C. Newberry

Mon 19th Dec 2022 13:35

JC - absolutely! Thanks.
Brian - your comment is much appreciated, knowing full well the
part played by the USAF and their own sacrifices out of England
in those dangerous days when the world of freedom teetered
perilously close to the abyss that Churchill wrote about.
The "likes" are accepted with much appreciation and join "Johnny"
Johnson's own. A fitting combination, don't you think?
Merry Christmas to all.

Brian Blanchard

Sun 18th Dec 2022 15:32

I've read many accounts of this mission, from planning to execution. Great admiration and respect for for all the airmen and crews who took to the air on these perilous journeys. And thanks to you for your good work...'the distant drone of Merlins moonlight chasing'....in my mind I've been there!

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John Coopey

Sun 11th Dec 2022 18:11

We remain in their debt.
I appreciate those internal rhymes, MC.

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Fri 9th Dec 2022 21:19

Totally different breed of people for sure and we see there is a hundred year old paratrooper in the news which considering the hell these guys have been through is absolutely amazing

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 9th Dec 2022 15:32

Telboy/Rose - thank you for your comments. I sent him a copy
of my poem when it was originally written and he replied courteously and at length. A man who carried on the "less
said, more spoken" tradition of a tried and tested generation
whose fortitude ensured the freedom that we know today.
Thanks also for those who "liked" this tribute and by doing so,
paid their own respects in their own way. "Johnny" Johnson
reached the grand age of 101 and was actively engaged "with
life" at every stage, like so many of his kind. .

<Deleted User> (9882)

Thu 8th Dec 2022 18:10

Maybe last of the heroes M.C ? God bless em all the long the short and the tall 🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖

Rose 💋

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Thu 8th Dec 2022 16:11

Johnny Johnson and those like him were truly courageous, not that whining couple currently on Netflix.

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