BREAKING: Campaign calls for Horncastle’s Dambusters hero to be knighted

George Johnny Johnson at RAF Coningsby  EMN-140808-163028001
George Johnny Johnson at RAF Coningsby EMN-140808-163028001

George ‘Johnny’ Johnson - the Horncastle born Dambusters hero - is at the centre of a national campaign which is calling for him to be knighted.

Mr Johnson, who now lives in Bristol, is the last British survivor of the Dambusters raid in the Second World War.

He was born in the village of Hameringham, near Horncastle, and spent his early life on a local farm before moving to the Newark area.

He was a Flight Sergeant and bomb aimer during the 1943 raid on German dams.

Unlike many of his colleagues, he survived the war but has never been official honoured.

During interviews with the News, Mr Johnson has recalled his time with 617 Dambusters with a sense of emotion and pride.

The 617 Squadron, which took part in the raid, has particularly strong links with Woodhall Spa.

He wrote about his early childhood in the Horncastle area in his autobiography - ‘The Last British Dambuster’ - which was published earlier this year.

The campaign for him to be knighted is being led by Kent based Stephen Hadley who has started a petition.

It has already attracted a wave of support from all over the world including America and Australia.

Mr Johnson has always played down his reputation as a ‘hero’ saying he was ‘just doing his job.’

He has campaigned for many years for aircrew who took part in Second World War bombing campaigns to be officially recognised by the Government.

Mr Johnson was back in the area last Friday to witness the arrival of the Canadian Lancaster at RAF Coningsby.

*The petition is available at