Twenty-four hours later than planned, George ‘Johnny’ Johnson was a passenger in the BBMF Lancaster this morning when it flew from Coningsby at about 0800. The Lancaster’s route took them over Scampton and the Derwent Dam before landing again at Scampton about an hour later. Johnny flew in the bomb aimer’s position, just as he did when he took off from Scampton 75 years ago yesterday on the Dams Raid.
The flight was postponed from yesterday by weather conditions. The fact that Johnny was always scheduled to be a passenger was a very well-kept secret, as it was feared that if it became known he was going to be on board the traffic problems would have been even worse.
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What a splendid chap at 97….back in his old position….3 cheers for him!
Splendid book Charles, I made sure I bought it yesterday! I set my mental clock for 21.39hrs and promptly fell asleep, though Double British Summer Time I’d have been out!
He should be knighted
Lord Johnson of Sorpe?!!
Gross event mismanagement spoiling the day for thousands of patriotic visitors who simply wanted to witness an historic Lancaster fly past over Derwent Water on 16th May 2018. Insult to injury when it was discovered the flight took place with Johnny Johnson aboard the following day without notice to the people. Cancellation for safety wholeheartedly understood and accepted. Incompetence should be punished.
Personally I think it is a shame that it was kept a secret that Mr Johnson would be aboard the Lancaster for the flypast. It would have been a fitting tribute to him and the rest of The Dambusters for a large crowd to have saluted them.
Lest We Forget
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I have met Johnny a few times & it is a priviledge to meet him every time . I so admire & respect him , he is a TRUE LEGEND !!! So pleased that he was able to fly in our Lancaster today & amazingly in his original bomb aimers position , WELL DONE JOHNNYremembering all those who flew on raid that day & may God bless you all .