Last Dambuster Pilot Dies

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  1. Clint_NZ

    Clint_NZ Member

    Les Munro, the last surviving Dambuster pilot died on Tuesday 4th of August aged 95 due to heart problems. Munro was also the patron for the New Zealand Bomber Command Association. Recently he offered to sell his medals to fund the maintenance of the Bomber Command Memorial in London however this thankfully wasn't necessary after Lord Ashcroft generously paid a donation to the memorial. Munro's medals are now with the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland.

    He flew a total of 58 operations.

    Kia Kaha (Stay Strong) and Lest We Forget

    Full story here;

    .http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/70818274/les-munro-last-dambuster-of-raf-617-squadron-dies
     
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  2. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    RIP Les,sad news indeed.
     
  3. Dave Gibson

    Dave Gibson Member

    Sad news.

    I work with the unit that collaborated with the French Embassy here in NZ to have him invested with the French Legion D' Honeur in April for his service on D Day. The process is a protracted one, and I was relieved that he stayed around long enough to recieve it.

    A true worthy.
     
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  4. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Sad News
    RIP Les Munro
     
  5. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Yes sad news indeed

    RIP Les Munro

    David
     
  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    RIP Les Munro
     
  7. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    :poppy: Les Munro. RIP :poppy:
     
  8. CommanderChuff

    CommanderChuff Senior Member

    :poppy: Les Munro - bravery of the highest order and in the best spirit - a remarkable man - RIP :poppy:
     
  9. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    :poppy: Les Munro. RIP :poppy:

    While it was reported in some bulletins that Les was 95 he actually turned 96 on April 5th this year.

    Never forgot his fellow crews and made sure the proceeds of the sale of his medals went to service the upkeep of the Bomber Command Memorial.

    Now there are only two left George "Johnny" Johnson (UK) and Fred Sutherland (Canada)
     
  10. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    :poppy: Les Munro RIP :poppy:
     
  11. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I saw this News earlier in the day and thought how sad it was to see one of Last of the dambusters pass away.

    :poppy: Les Munro. RIP :poppy:

    Tom
     
  12. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    :poppy: Les Munroe. RIP :poppy:

    Paul
     

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