Truly a hero of our time

Daily Express - - SPECIAL REPORT ON DEVASTATION OF SEAS -

JUST imag­ine go­ing in to work know­ing there was a near 50 per cent chance you would not come out again alive. To to­day’s gen­er­a­tion such an ac­tion would be unimag­in­able.

And yet that is what Ge­orge “Johnny” John­son and his fel­low Dam­busters did, an act of hero­ism and brav­ery that echoes down the years to this day. Nine­teen crews flew out that night; only 11 came back.

It is ut­terly in­ex­pli­ca­ble that Johnny, the last sur­viv­ing Dam­buster, has been over­looked for a knight­hood when they seem to be thrown around like con­fetti else­where, but at least he will be hon­oured with a gala lunch.

The sac­ri­fices that gen­er­a­tion made must never be for­got­ten. We salute him with pride.

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