In Memory of Les Munro - Last Dambuster Pilot Thimble

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Squadron Leader John Leslie Munro was the last surviving pilot of the Dambusters Raid of May 1943. Munro learned to fly in Tiger Moths and was posted to Canada for training after choosing to fly bombers. He moved to England in October 1941 for further training, and joined 97 Squadron at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. He was one of hundreds of aircrew volunteering to be part of the secretive 617 Dambusters Squadron being formed at RAF Scampton, and joined it four days after it was formed, on 25 March 1943. Of the 19 Lancasters that flew on that full-moon night, only 11 returned. Munro, as pilot of W-Willie, was scheduled to bomb the Sorpe dam. Over the Netherlands, his aircraft was damaged by flak which knocked out all communications, so it turned back to land in Lincolnshire, still carrying its mine. His DSO (Distinguished Service Order) was awarded while he was with 617, on 28 March 1943.

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Squadron Leader John Leslie Munro was the last surviving pilot of the Dambusters Raid of May 1943. Munro learned to fly in Tiger Moths and was posted to Canada for training after choosing to fly bombers. He moved to England in October 1941 for further training, and joined 97 Squadron at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. He was one of hundreds of aircrew volunteering to be part of the secretive 617 Dambusters Squadron being formed at RAF Scampton, and joined it four days after it was formed, on 25 March 1943. Of the 19 Lancasters that flew on that full-moon night, only 11 returned. Munro, as pilot of W-Willie, was scheduled to bomb the Sorpe dam. Over the Netherlands, his aircraft was damaged by flak which knocked out all communications, so it turned back to land in Lincolnshire, still carrying its mine. His DSO (Distinguished Service Order) was awarded while he was with 617, on 28 March 1943.