Thousands sign petition calling for ‘Sir Johnny’

George 'Johny' Johnson at RAF Coningsby earlier this year
George 'Johny' Johnson at RAF Coningsby earlier this year

More than 38,000 people have signed a petition calling for Horncastle’s Dambusters’ hero George ‘Johnny’ Johnson to be knighted.

The petition was started earlier this year by Kent businessman Stephen Hadley.

It was supported by a number of organisations who all called for the Second World War hero to be honoured.

Mr Hadley launched the petition after reading Prime Minister David Cameron’s barber had been knighted for his services to hairdressing.

Mr Johnson is the last British based survivor of the legendary Second World War mission.

The 617 Squadron of Lancaster bombers dropped ‘bouncing bombs’ on German dams.

Mr Johnson, who was born in Hameringham, regularly returns to the Horncastle area.

He was in Woodhall Spa last year for the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid.

And, earlier this year, he travelled to RAF Coningsby to see the two Lancaster bombers - Thumper and Vera - united.

Mr Johnson now lives in the Bristol area and celebrated his 93rd birthday last week with friends and family.

He has also published his life story - including his early childhood on a farm in Hameringham,.