Les Munro, back at the controls at 91

Les Munro, the only Dambuster pilot still alive, shows no sign of slowing down now that he has reached his 90s. According to the Christchurch Press, last week he sat at the controls of a Dakota DC3 shortly after a 30 minute flight over Christchurch with a group of other 2nd World War veterans.
The vintage aircraft obviously brought back memories, as he commended the flight because he ‘could listen to the motors’ and get a sense of flying in a machine.
Les has always been an active sort. He went back to farming after the war, as well as being active in local politics.  It’s good to see that he still has plenty of get up and go. Could the next gig for the nonagenerian be a cameo in the remake of THAT FILM, still ‘in development’ elsewhere in The Land of the Great White Cloud?

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10 thoughts on “Les Munro, back at the controls at 91

  1. Jim Crawford July 28, 2010 / 2:16 am

    Re THAT remake, Les looks young enough to play Barnes Wallis. May he be around for many years to come.

  2. robert January 9, 2011 / 3:15 am

    fantastic!!! its a pleasure to read about les and i have so much respect for him and fellow crews of 617 squadron i would love to meet him ,greastest respec!t rob

  3. Jo Sim November 17, 2011 / 3:25 am

    Is he the Les Munro who was once in Gore Southland
    /Please reply my son in England is enquiring he is an airline Captain there. Jo

  4. Graham Wade June 30, 2012 / 8:31 am

    Great to hear you are still fit Les – would love to meet you on my next family visit to NZ, and shake your hand! – kind regards – Graham Wade

  5. Denise Zimbler May 16, 2013 / 10:10 am

    My father was in Bomber Command 619 & 617 Squadrons – Flight Lieutenant Walter Johnson-Biggs, known as Johnny Biggs. He was a wonderful man and even as he aged his zest for life never left him. He passsed in Feb. 2007. I have his medals of course with his service and release book etc. also a number of photographs of the crews. Having just just read your article in the 70th anniversary souvenir of the Dam Busters it brought back many happy thoughts of him and of some of his buddies. Many thanks and I send my kindest regards – Denise Zimbler

  6. Mike May 16, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    Les munro is a kiwi hero who is hardly talked about in Woodhall Spa
    As the poms forget who he is !!!!
    As he the last pilot left
    As the poms rattle on about guy Gibson

    • Kevin Hall May 22, 2013 / 7:44 pm

      Mike, this really isn’t the place for such a crass comment. Please have some respect. No one who follows this subject here in the UK has forgotten Les Munro. People “rattle on” about Guy Gibson because he led the squadron, so is the most well known, not because he was a pom.

  7. Denise Zimbler May 23, 2013 / 9:11 am

    I agree with your comments Kevin. Every one of those chaps had and have equal respect for each other.
    They never made negative comments about each other.

  8. Greg Channell July 8, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    hi maybe the wrong place but am trying to find information on my grandad Frank Wade , i know he served in 617 and was rear gunner very nice man .

    • Denise Zimbler December 23, 2014 / 11:11 am

      Hi Greg
      My father was rear gunner in Bomber Command 619 & 617 Squadrons – Flight Lieutenant Walter Johnson-Biggs, known as Johnny Biggs.
      The Air Ministry or even the war museum might be able to help you with the information your looking for regarding your grand-dad – Also there is a book written by Simon Read with a lot of information that you might find very helpful called : ‘THE KILLING SKIES’ published by Spellmount.
      Simon Read’s grand-dad father was a member of Bomber Command. His web site address was http://www.simon-read.com
      I do hope the above might help
      Kind regards Denise Zimbler

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