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Last Dambuster gets MBE

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The 95-year old, former Squadron Leader, is one of only two survivors to take part in the famous bombing raids on the Ruhr dams in Germany.

The other is a Canadian, Fred Sutherland, who manned a front gun on one of the Lancaster bombers that dropped the bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis.

Johnson was 22 when he took part in the raid in 1943. A 237,000 signature was taken to Downing Street and presented by Carol Vordeman and Gulf War veteran, John Nichol, after Johnson was nominated in the New Year Honours list but was overlooked.

He said that the Queen told him she was, “glad to see the Dambusters are still here.” Johnson added that memories of the raid and WWII were, "something which will live forever as far as I'm concerned.”

He was awarded the MBE for his services to WWII remembrance and the community in Bristol, where he now lives. George ‘Johnny’ Johnson MBE said he was indebted to the thousands of people who signed a petition calling for his wartime service to be honoured.

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