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THE SIGNATURE BIOGRAPHIES

ALL EDITIONS

( signed by FOUR veterans )

Corporal Maureen Stevens

Corporal MAUREEN STEVENS WAAF

As soon as she was old enough to volunteer, Maureen Stevens joined the WAAF where she completed her training to become an R/T ( Radio Telephone ) Operator. Posted to RAF Scampton, home of 617 Squadron, she was the duty operator in the main control tower right through the Dambuster Raid that took place on the night of 16/17 May 1943. Throughout the operation she relayed information from the aircrews to the senior commanders and talked the surviving Lancaster crews back to Scampton. She also had the task of listening out till the last for those who didn't make it home.

Squadron Leader George Johnson DFM RAF

Squadron Leader GEORGE 'JOHNNY' JOHNSON DFM RAF

'Johnny' Johnson was Bomb Aimer with Joe McCarthy's crew in Lancaster AJ-T, one of the two aircraft that attacked the Sorpe Dam. As a reserve aircrfat, it was not fitted with the twin spotlights necessary for gauging the correct attack height so they flew along the length of the dam and dropped their bomb, without spin, as low as they could. With the target shrouded in heavy mist it took ten attempts before George finally released their bomb, scoring a direct hit. The dam, however, survived. He was awarded the DFM for the raid and after completing another 19 operations with the squadron, became an instructor.

Squadron Leader Les Munroe CNZM DSO QSO DFC RNZAF

Squadron Leader LES MUNROECNZM DSO QSO DFC RNZAF

New Zealander Les Munroe was the Captain and pilot of Lancaster AJ-W assigned to attack the Sorpe Dam, and was one of Gibson's three flight commanders on the raid. Flying with the second wave on the more northen route, he was forced to abort the mission en-route to the target after his Lancaster reeived heavy flak damage and was unable to carry on. Highly decorated, he was awarded the DFM after his tour with 97 Squadron and in April 1944 was awarded the DSO after completing 58 operations. He later took part in many 617 Squadron missions including Operation Taxable on D-Day and dropping a 12,000lb 'Tallboy' bomb.

Dr Mary Stopes Roe

Dr. MARY STOPES-ROE

The daughter of Sir Barnes Wallis who, as a child, helped to inspire her father to invent Upkeep - the 'Bouncing Bomb' whilst the family was skipping stones across the water. Together with her brother and sister they assisted their father in his experiments catapulting her marbles over a washtub at home, later famously portrayed in the 1955 film 'The Dam Busters'. After the war she became an eminent psychologist at Birmingham University.