George ‘Johnny’ Johnson - the Horncastle born Dambusters hero - celebrated his 93rd birthday today (Tuesday).
Mr Johnson is the last British survivor of the Dambusters, the Squadron behind one of the most famous raids of the Second World War.
He was born in the village of Hameringham, near Horncastle. His father worked on local farms.
Although Mr Johnson moved away from the Horncastle area early in his life, he still regularly visits the town.
He also has particularly strong links with Woodhall Spa where the 617 Dambusters Squadron was based after their daring mission.
He was a key figure in the Squadron’s 70th anniversary celebrations and was at RAF Coningsby earlier this year to see the two Lancaster bombers - Vera and Thumper - re-united.
Mr Johnson now lives in the Bristol area and according to reports, he spent his birthday with family and friends.
More than 38,000 have signed a nationwide petition calling for Mr Johnson to be knighted.