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Les Munro

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    Bomber Command's key role in D-Day

    In an exclusive extract from the memoirs of the late Dambusters pilot Les Munro, he tells the story of the confusion created by brave Lancaster pilots who, flying without cover, created the impression the Allied Forces were attacking a different region of France. 

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    In tribute to Les Munro

    The RAF Benevolent Fund is saddened to hear of the death of Les Munro, the last surviving Dambusters pilot.

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    Last Dambuster pilot Les Munro accepts £75,000 Ashcroft medals offer

    Les Munro, the last surviving Dambusters pilot, has accepted Lord Ashcroft's offer to donate £75,000 to the RAF Benevolent Fund in return for gifting his decorations and medals to a museum in his native New Zealand. Mr Munro's decorations and medals will now not be auctioned.

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    Statement from Les Munro on the auction of his medals and log books

    We are enormously grateful to Les Munro for the donation of his medals and logbooks, which will help the RAF Benevolent Fund preserve the Bomber Command Memorial and the legacy of Bomber Command, so that the sacrifices made by these brave young men will not be forgotten.

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    Dambuster Les Munro to auction medals benefitting the Bomber Command Memorial

    WWII hero and Dambuster Les Munro will be auctioning his medals and log books later this month with the proceeds from the sale going towards maintaining the Bomber Command Memorial. In this blog, Les explains the reasons behind his decision to auction his medals.

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    Les Munro Turns Back

    In an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund New Zealand pilot Les Munro, one of the last surviving members of the Dambusters, tells the story of how he and his crew made the decision to turn back after being hit crossing the Dutch coast.

  • "I enjoyed flying Lancasters"

    In an exclusive interview, Les Munro, the last surviving pilot from the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, tells us about his fond memories of flying the aircraft that was chosen for the mission – the Lancaster.

  • Twelve Lancasters: Bomb Drop Training

    Les Munro, the last remaining pilot to have flown in the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, explained in an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund, the dangers that were involved in the bomb drop training.

  • The Debrief

    The job was still not done once the surviving 11 crews of 617 Squadron had made it back to RAF Scampton on the morning of 17 May 1943.

  • Les Munro's plane is hit as he reaches the Dutch Coast

    Speaking in a recent exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund, pilot Les Munro, who flew in the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, told us how the Lancaster he was flying was hit by flak as he reached the Dutch coast.

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