Remembering "The Dambusters" Operation with George "Johnny" Johnson MBE at Thornbury Castle Hotel on Sunday 18th February 2018

Remembering "The Dambusters" Operation with George "Johnny" Johnson MBE at Thornbury Castle Hotel on Sunday 18th February 2018

Posted on: 12 Feb 2018

Dambusters hero George 'Johnny' Johnson MBE will be recounting first-hand his incredible experiences of the most ingenious and daring mission of all time at Thornbury Castle Hotel in Bristol on Sunday 18th February 2018. 

***18th February SOLD OUT - Additional Date added 18th March 2018, call the events team on 01454 281182, or email***

Now 96, Johnny is the last remaining Dambuster and his memory is as sharp as ever, being able to vividly regale his experiences and role in the Royal Air Force operation during World War 2.  

Thornbury Castle in Bristol

On May 16th 1943, with a specially selected crew from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, Johnny was given an almost impossible task: to destroy three dams deep within Germany's Ruhr Valley which provided essential power to the businesses driving forward the Nazi war machine. 


They had to fly low level at night across miles of enemy territory, dropping an untested new weapon, from as low as 60 feet. But, despite the seeming madness and death-defying improbability of it all, Johnny and his crew accomplished the mission and lived to tell the tale.  


Sharing thrilling stories of his secret training exercises and the final attack and consequences of the hit on the Sorpe Dam, this is a rare opportunity to be in the company of and listen to the amazing tales of a true hero. 


There will also be the chance to have your picture taken with Johnny for a £10 cash donation, as well as having prints and books signed.  


The talk runs from 3.45pm to 6.30pm. Tickets cost £20 per person and booking is highly recommended. You can reserve your tickets here, call the events team on 01454 281182, or email


Thornbury Castle Hotel is located at Castle Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire BS35 1HH.  Tel. 01454 281182

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Jamie Caddick

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