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Dambusters Event April 19th 2018

Thursday 19th April 2018 was a day that will long be remembered by all that were there.

In the morning the new Dambusters Exhibit at the Museum was opened by by George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, and Mary Stopes-Roe (daughter of Barnes Wallis), and was well attended by many VIPs and, of course, our VIVs (Very Important Volunteers!)

Early evening found us all at the Concorde Hangar, awaiting the arrival of Johnny and Mary. When they walked in, they had a standing ovation from at least 550 people – very moving. Johnny gave a great talk, regaling us with stories from his escapades. He had the honour of being seated in Roy Chadwick’s chair which had been brought from the museum especially. Joining him on stage was Rusty Waughman, a Lancaster pilot in WW2, who also had plenty of stories to tell.

Thanks again to the TAS & Museum volunteers and to Manchester Airport (especially the RVP) for allowing us to hold the event under Concorde. Here are a few photos from the day, along with a short video highlights of the day VIDEO HERE taken by Neil Draper.
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Mary cutting her ribbon – scissor malfunction finally sorted !!

 

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Gerald & Harry from the Museum, James Flowers (Lancaster rear gunner), Johnny, Mary & Rusty (Pilot)

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Johnny back in a Lancaster – Martin Willoughbys superb S for Sugar replica

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Johnny & Mary entering the hangar. Guard of Honour by Air Cadets from 284 (Cheadle & Gatley) Squadron.

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