Last surviving Dambusters pilot, dies aged 96

Last surviving Dambusters pilot, dies aged 96

Last surviving Dambusters pilot, dies aged 96

Written by Staff Writer

04 Aug, 2015 | 3:42 pm

The last surviving Dambusters pilot, Les Munro, has died at the age of 96, the New Zealand Bomber Command Association has said.

Sqn Ldr Munro died in hospital in his native New Zealand on Monday following heart problems, the association said.

The legendary World War Two Dambusters operation flew from RAF Scampton, near Lincoln, in 1943 and successfully used “bouncing bombs” to attack German dams.

There are now only two surviving crew members of the Dambusters missions.

Out of 133 crew, only 77 returned.

Sqn Ldr Munro’s aircraft was hit by flak, but he made it home after the hit had destroyed communications in his Lancaster bomber over the Netherlands.

Dave Homewood, of the association, described Sqn Ldr Munro as a “down-to-earth man” who was “very modest about what he did during the war”.

-BBC

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