Last surviving Dambusters pilot sells medals for upkeep of Bomber Command Memorial


Locutus
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Squadron Leader Les Munro hopes to raise £50,000 from sale of medals to go towards newly-built London memorial to airmen killed during Second World War

The last surviving Dambusters pilot is to sell his gallantry medals awarded for the famous raid and donate the proceeds to the Bomber Command Memorial fund.

Squadron Leader Les Munro hopes to raise £50,000 from the sale, which will go towards the upkeep of the newly-built memorial dedicated to the 55,573 airmen killed during the Second World War.

Among them will be the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery, which brought a tragic twist of fate for Sq Ldr Munro.

When his mother opened the door to an official delivering an unopened telegram with news of his award, she feared the worst and collapsed with an aneurism and died within a week.

After being given the devastating news, Sq Ldr Munro was offered the chance to be taken off bombing operations, but declined.

The 95-year-old visited the monument in London's Green Park in 2013 and said he was inspired to make the sacrifice "out of comradeship" to his fellow servicemen who did not made it back.

Sq Ldr Munro said it was important for the memorial to maintain its condition for the relatives of the thousands of men listed on it and future generations.

The monument was built 67 years after the end of the war to commemorate the RAF aircrew and groundstaff from Britain and Commonwealth countries who died on bombing operations in the war.

The charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund, has the duty to pay for its maintenance and upkeep at a cost of £50,000 a year.

Out of the 19 commanding officers who flew on the famous 1943 raid to destroy three dams in Germany's industrial heartland, Sq Ldr Munro is the last one alive today.

Eight them were killed during the mission, making up the total of 53 out of 133 crew killed.

Despite the losses, the raid - codenamed Operation Chastise - was a success with two dams breached by Dr Barnes Wallis' ingenious bouncing bombs, wiping out scores of armament factories in the Ruhr Valley.

Sq Ldr Munro's Lancaster bomber was struck by an anti-aircraft flak shell on the raid over Holland, knocking a gaping hole in the fuselage and putting all communications out of use, forcing the crew to turn back still carrying its mine.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for the raid. Sq Ldr Guy Gibson, who led the mission, received the Victoria Cross.

Sq Ldr Munro was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery shown during 58 sorties over Europe.



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Last surviving Dambusters pilot sells gallantry medals for upkeep of Bomber Command Memorial - Telegraph
 
Blackleaf
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He's a Great British hero.

It's just a shame that it wasn't until 28th June 2012 - 67 years after the end of the war - that the Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park (between Hyde Park and St James's Park) was unveiled.

 
EagleSmack
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Idolatry will not stand for such display in the new UK. This will be smashed by the new masters of the UK within 20 years.
 
billshaver
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I did not know they were his to sell, the medals are awarded to the squadron, unlike in usa where they went to the individual...
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by billshaver View Post

I did not know they were his to sell, the medals are awarded to the squadron, unlike in usa where they went to the individual...

Never heard of American unit citations, enit?

Yay, another ignorant Canadian.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by billshaver View Post

I did not know they were his to sell, the medals are awarded to the squadron, unlike in usa where they went to the individual...


No, they're his medals. Although it's a shame that war heroes are having to do such things when the country they risked their lives for won't look after them properly.
 
MHz
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Goes to show some people just can't move on with their lives.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Goes to show some people just can't move on with their lives.


These are heroes who risked their lives to ensure that Europe doesn't live under the Nazi jackboot. Please show some respect and recognise that these great men deserve to be honoured.
 
MHz
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The dam busters were not in the thick of the battle. How many civilians died when the dam broke? They were honored back when they completed the mission, rather than being kept in a time loop they should have moved onto other missions, ones that actually helped people.
 
darkbeaver
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cue the tiny violins idiots worried about a war memorial for a war long past while todays idiots are engaged in the present war to end all wars, and not a peep about that looming potential to generate more heros dead and alive which will inevetably result in more dishonest bullsh it memorials
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

The dam busters were not in the thick of the battle.

Fifty-three of the 133 Dambusters were killed during the very dangerous operation.

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How many civilians died when the dam broke?

1,600 civilians were killed - give or take a few - when the Dambusters breached the Möhne and Edersee dams using their INGENIOUS bouncing bombs in 1943: 600 Germans and 1,000 mainly Soviet forced-labourers.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOGRTlrYCIE






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They were honored back when they completed the mission, rather than being kept in a time loop they should have moved onto other missions, ones that actually helped people.

Prior to World War II, as war looked likely, the British had actually identified Germany's heavily industrialised Ruhr Valley, and especially its dams, as important strategic targets: in addition to providing hydro-electric and pure water for steel-making, they also supplied drinking water and water for the canal transport system. By attacking the dams, the British managed to drastically reduce the area's industrial output and forced the Germans to commit much of their labour and strategic resources into repairing the dams rather than using them for other means which were vital for German victory.
 
AnnaG
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Quote:

Prior to World War II, as war looked likely, the British had actually identified Germany's heavily industrialised Ruhr Valley, and especially its dams, as important strategic targets: in addition to providing hydro-electric and pure water for steel-making, they also supplied drinking water and water for the canal transport system. By attacking the dams, the British managed to drastically reduce the area's industrial output and forced the Germans to commit much of their labour and strategic resources into repairing the dams rather than using them for other means which were vital for German victory.

I didn't think you had the English skills to write as well as that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Chastise
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

I didn't think you had the education to write as well as that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Chastise


Here's the resident expert on the Dambusters raids.
 
darkbeaver
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Riviting stuff Blacklung, why don't you talk about SAS wondering arround Syria dressed as ISIS terrorists. Where's the memorial for that great campaigne going?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

Riviting stuff Blacklung, why don't you talk about SAS wondering arround Syria dressed as ISIS terrorists. Where's the memorial for that great campaigne going?

When the SAS defeat ISIS (because we ALL know it'll be the SAS who will defeat them; the Yanks aren't doing much) there will be medals all round, don't you worry about that.
 
AnnaG
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Here's the resident expert on the Dambusters raids.

hahaha I never said anything about the dambusters. You copy and pasted from Wikipedia about them. I know very little about them except they used Lancasters, Lincolns, and Vulcans and probably a few other planes. Nowhere did I claim to be an expert, so grow a brain.
"Ahh, whatta maroon" - Bugs Bunny
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

hahaha I never said anything about the dambusters. You copy and pasted from Wikipedia about them. I know very little about them except they used Lancasters, Lincolns, and Vulcans and probably a few other planes. Nowhere did I claim to be an expert, so grow a brain.
"Ahh, whatta maroon" - Bugs Bunny


Well I didn't claim to be an expert either.
 
AnnaG
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lol And still, Britland needs help from the USA:

SAS 'has killed 200 ISIS fighters in year' as Cameron buys more killer drones to defeat terrorists - Mirror Online

UK to double drone fleet and boost SAS kit in fight against Isis militants

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Well I didn't claim to be an expert either.

Is that why you C&P from other sources without crediting them? lol You're funny.
 
Curious Cdn
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The ultimate dam busters raid would be to breech the Aswan High Dam in Egypt, releasing a huge tsunami from Lake Nasser that would sweep down the Nile Valley, where most Egyptians live ... some 60 million including 9 million in Cairo alone. The Israelis could pull it off with just one or two bunker busting conventional bombs, potentially killing millions. It is far deadlier than what they could do with their nukes in Egypt. I would guess that this is why Sadat made peace with Israel at Campo David, years ago.
 
Blackleaf
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lol And still, Britland needs help from the USA:

SAS 'has killed 200 ISIS fighters in year' as Cameron buys more killer drones to defeat terrorists - Mirror Online

UK to double drone fleet and boost SAS kit in fight against Isis militants

No we don't need help from the Yanks. The SAS are in there doing what the SAS - the best special forces in the world - are good at: killing the bad guys.

As for these drones (Britain's military is to double the number of drones it has and is switching from Reaper to Predator), almost every single armed force in the world has at least one bit of equipment that was made abroad.

The American military, for example, is testing a new type of navigation technology that was developed in Britain in the hope that it that could prevent criminals from hijacking its vessels with GPS jamming attacks. America's GPS is widely acknowledged to be vulnerable to attack. Because of this, the Yanks are now testing Britain's eLoran system. eLoran signals are more resistant to jamming than GPS signals because they are around a million times stronger, and the beacons are also much closer to the receiver than a satellite would be. This means that a jammer would have to emit an extremely powerful signal to drown out eLoran.

In this area of defence, the Americans are having to rely on British technology.

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Is that why you C&P from other sources without crediting them? lol You're funny.

99.9 times out of a hundred I do credit them.

I still, however, do consider myself to be very knowledgeable on historical and current events due to copious amounts of reading of proper books, rather than some third rate celebrity's autobiography.
 
AnnaG
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A Brit saying the SAS are the best. Yeeeeaaaah That's credible. And if you don't need help from the USA why you bunch buying their drones?
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

When the SAS defeat ISIS (because we ALL know it'll be the SAS who will defeat them; the Yanks aren't doing much) there will be medals all round, don't you worry about that.

You idiot piece of British lowlife the SAS is allied with the ISIS mercenary scum, Russia has them reeling and deserting in droves after less than a week of serious bombing where neither the British nor the Americans offed even one of the filth after a full year.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

A Brit saying the SAS are the best. Yeeeeaaaah That's credible.

The SAS are the best special forces on Earth.

Just take a look at the Gulf War in 1991 when around 200 American Rangers were pinned down in mountains by the enemy until a FOUR man SAS unit came to their aid and sorted it. The enemy actually thought they were under attack by 100 men rather than four. One of the SAS team called in an air strike upon his own position. The weapon detonated just above him as he got right into the enemy without them even knowing. When it was all over, the SAS simply disappeared into the dust leaving the Yanks gobsmacked.

And then look at how effortlessly the SAS ended the Iranian Embassy Siege in London in 1980.

And four SAS personnel were honoured by President George W Bush for the daring rescue of a CIA man facing torture by Al Qaeda fanatics. The Americans weren't up to the job of rescuing him so they called for the SAS.


SAS: the best in the world

They were picked for the highrisk operation because of their success at snatching war criminals in the Balkans.

American Delta Force commandoes did not have enough battle experience for the mission behind enemy lines.

A British Army source said: 'The American was virtually a dead man already. He only had one chance and that was the SAS.'

The four-man squad plucked the agent from a heavily-armed house in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. He had been beaten and was about to be tortured for information.

The SAS men slid down ropes from a helicopter on to the roof of the house, threw in stun grenades then burst through windows.

Dozens of Al Qaeda fighters were killed or hurt in a fierce gun battle. The SAS suffered no casualties.

The Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters were taken by surprise. The SAS helicopter flew in low to avoid detection and the guards had no hint of the rescue until it was too late.

The source said: 'They were taken off-guard and when they did return fire they were disorientated and it was inaccurate.

'Three of the team laid down fire on the enemy in close quarter battle and killed most of them while the fourth located the prisoner and got him to safety.

'This was a do-or-die operation in the best traditions of the Regiment. There was no time or opportunity for sophisticated monitoring technology such as that used in the Iranian Embassy siege.'

He explained that U.S. military chiefs turned to the SAS for help because their own commandos were not capable of pulling off the raid. Before arriving in Afghanistan, U.S. Delta Force fighters had very little action under fire.

The British military source said: 'They are immensely grateful to the SAS presence and the rescue of their man from an unspeakable death.'

The four SAS heroes will each receive a Presidential Citation from Mr Bush, an award rarely made to non-Americans.

Read more: US salutes SAS heroes | Daily Mail Online


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And if you don't need help from the USA why you bunch buying their drones?

I'm afraid that, in this day and age, armed forces around the world buy military equipment from each other. This is wuite normal and which is why half the Royal Canadian Navy is made up of former British ships and why the US Marine Corps is using Harrier Jump Jets.

Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

You idiot piece of British lowlife the SAS is allied with the ISIS mercenary scum

Where's your evidence for that dubious assertion?