Last Dambuster “Johnny” Johnson visits Highfields with RAF flypast – Friday 23rd May 2014

What an amazing day we have had at Highfields today!  The children enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Sqn Ldr George “Johnny” Johnson DFM, the last surviving Dambuster who used to be a teacher here at Highfields after the war and came back for a visit.

Watch coverage on the BBC here.

The children and invited guests, including a number of Johnny’s former pupils, held a question and answer session and some very interesting questions were asked about Johnny’s experience as a bomb aimer in the Dambusters raids. Everyone was captivated by his account of the bravery and professionalism of his fellow crew members and Johnny paid tribute to them and wishes their legacy to go on.

Johnny was delighted to return to Highfields after so many years and described the experience as “awesome”.  He was accompanied by his friend Eric Quinney who was a pilot in the Dambusters film of 1955.

The highlight of Johnny’s visit was surely the RAF flypast which was especially performed in Jonny’s honour directly over our playing fields, by a Tucano, a Typhoon jet and a World War II Dakota!