Dambuster knighthood: 'It looks as though it's been blocked', says campaigner

Dambuster knighthood: 'It looks as though it's been blocked', says campaigner

George Johnson (Second left) at the 70th anniversary of the Dambuster raid in 2013

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The campaign to get one of Britain's famous 'dambusters' knighted looks likely to end in failure, according to one of the campaigners.

Presenter Carol Vorderman is among those backing a petition by The Sun which demands a knighthood for 95-year-old George "Johnny" Johnson, who took part in the 1943 dambuster raids, officially known as Operation Chastise, when he was 22.

Johnson was among those responsible for aiming experimental bouncing bombs at the Sorpe dam, and is now the only member still alive.

Paul Walmsley, a fellow former RAF serviceman who is campaigning on Johnson's behalf, said he could only speculate as to why he hadn't been granted the honour. 

"He’s done 30 years of charity work, he’s a remarkable man," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "He takes all of this in his stride.

“Having spoken to the committee in London, they sent me a letter about a year ago that after five years of the event, you’re not considered unless it's exceptional circumstances. This would qualify.

"It looks as though it’s been blocked. I don’t know why, I can only speculate."