Re­mem­ber­ing the Dam­busters

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

READ­ING your ar­ti­cle about Squadron Leader Ge­orge ‘Johnny’ John­son (July 5) set me won­der­ing—how many peo­ple can re­mem­ber see­ing the Dam­busters in ac­tion? In May 1943, I was nine years old and my prep school, Broughton Hall, was deep in the Stafford­shire coun­try­side. One even­ing af­ter sup­per, we were out­side play­ing with our Dinky Toys when there was a tremen­dous roar of en­gines as a whole squadron of Lan­cast­ers flew over us. They were so low that they clipped branches off the tops of the trees, which im­pressed us no end. We didn’t re­alise it at the time, but it could only have been the Dam­busters prac­tis­ing low-level fly­ing be­fore the raid. Mike Evans, Here­ford­shire

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