The last surviving Dambuster, Sqn Ldr George “Johnny” Johnson DFM, visited Highfields School today. Returning to Highfields, where he taught after the war, Johnny was greeted by Headmaster Richard Thomson and our Head Boy and Girl. Entering the hall to a standing ovation, Johnny was treated to a special performance of the Dambusters theme played by the school band, a beautiful piano solo of Chattanooga Choo-Choo and not one but TWO renditions of Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy by choir! This had everyone on their feet again!
Johnny took questions from the children about his experience as a bomb aimer in the famous raids over Germany and about his memories of being a teacher at Highfields. Refreshments were served from a menu specially adapted from an “Aircrew tea”.
This special visit culminated in the unveiling of our new honours board for former Head Boys and Girls. Many of them were able to attend and for some this was the first time they had come back to Highfields for a number of years. It was wonderful to see them and their families again and a privilege for us all to have Johnny as our guest.
BBC News coverage of the visit: