George ‘Johnny’ Johnson at Highfields School, Newark, during a visit in 2014.
George ‘Johnny’ Johnson at Highfields School, Newark, during a visit in 2014.

The last surviving Dambuster, George 'Johnny' Johnson, has been made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Mr Johnson, 96, grew up in Collingham and was a headteacher at Highfields School, Newark, after the second world war. He now lives in Bristol.

As a 22-year-old airman, Squadron Leader Johnson was among 133 members of 617 Squadron who took part in the daring raid to destroy German dams with bouncing bombs during the war.

Recently, there has been a campaign for Mr Johnson to receive a knighthood. In January, a 237,000-signature was taken to No 10 in support of the move.

Mr Johnson said he would accept a knighthood if he could dedicate it to his Dambuster comrades and the other brave men of Bomber Command.

His plane dropped its bomb on the Sorpe dam, seconds before having to pull up to avoid smashing into a hillside.

He received the Distinguished Flying Medal for his part in the 1943 raid.