The Last British Dambuster: One man's extraordinary life and the raid that changed history Hardcover – 8 May 2014
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"A wonderful read" (Huw Edwards, BBC News)
"His descriptions take wing and become lyrical" (The Times)
"An evocative reminiscence of a bygone era" (The Express)
The remarkable recollections of George 'Johnny' Johnson, Britain's last surviving DambusterSee all Product Description
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I can only say meeting the legend a few times makes this book even more special and my signed copy has pride of place on my book case.
The book puts right some wrongs and gives an in depth story of this great man. It is not an ego trip and covers everything I feel I need to know. I have many books on 617 SQN and the Dambusters and this sits with my favourite ones.
Buy a copy and read about the legend that is our last surviving dambuster
The book covers Johnny s whole story and is cleverly interspersed with part or whole chapters about his wartime career, keeping the reader on board. Some of these such as the description of boarding a Lancaster are top notch and really put you there .The thoughts of these young men are really well put across, with no false bravado. It is easy to forget or not think about, that these aeroplanes were cutting edge technology, especially to young men from average untravelled backgrounds and must have been a revelation. Johnny puts this over wonderfully. His descriptions of the take off in a Lancaster and his thoughts about it are revealing and show that just being in these aircraft was mind blowing for many of these young men. Pure adventure I guess.
So if you re interested in the Dambusters, or if like me you ve been lucky enough to meet Johnny, which brings it even more to life, then this is highly recommended.
Lastly , I think the general descriptive parts about the Lancaster, its operation and what individual crew members did and thought is a whole level up from most books of this kind and is recommended to anyone who wants to know what it was like.Thank you Johnny for this excellent book.
However, this isn't just a war story, but a life story of a lad who dealt with a loveless upbringing and was saved by a caring primary school teacher and a secondary school which guided him through adolescence and set him on the right course for the rest of his life. Lord Wandsworth College should be proud of the support that they gave to him at a critical time of his life.
My congratulations too to his son who wrote this so successfully in his father's words.
I NOW HAVE 2 GRANDSONS WHO ARE KEEN TO READ IT. PROOF THAT THE YOUNGER GENERATION STILL WANT TO INDULGE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WAR YEARS.
I couldn't put this book down and felt so privileged to have been allowed to share in his experiences. What a life and what a man!
Without detracting from this book, which I urge you to buy, I would also recommend another book written by a similarly remarkable character namely Captain Eric " Winkle" Brown. Here is a man also with a wonderful tale to tell of an extraordinary life. His book is called "Wings on my Sleeve".
Both these gentlemen are inspirational. If their stories had been used as a script for a film then you wouldn't have believed it but their stories are true - not make-believe which makes them even more remarkable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
but a slightly underwhelming book which doesn't really add a great deal to what's already available in the plethora of other books on the subject. Read morePublished 27 days ago by M Cunningham
George (Johnny) Johnson has in this book made me realise what it really means to be free and the price that was paid by him and thousands of other young men and women to pass that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Littlewing
A great book detailing Johnny Johnson's war and his time in Bomber Command, and especially in 617 Squadron. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob
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