Last surviving Dambusters pilot to sell his gallantry medals

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The last surviving Dambusters pilot is to sell his gallantry medals and donate the money to pay for the upkeep of a war memorial.

Squadron Leader Les Munro hopes to raise £50,000 to pay for the upkeep of the Bomber Command Memorial, which was built in London’s Green Park in 2012 and dedicated to the 55,573 airmen killed during the Second World War.

Sqn Ldr Munrow was one of 19 commanding officers who flew on a raid in 1943 to destroy three dams in Germany’s industrial heartland.

Eight were killed on the mission.

To prepare for the raid the RAF’s ‘Dambusters’ pilots used Derwent reservoir in Derbyshire to practise their low level flying techniques in preparation for delivering ‘bouncing bombs’ in the Ruhr Valley.