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Lawrence 'Benny' Goodman, Legion d'Honneur

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "The last surviving pilot from the RAF's 'Dambusters' squadron, who was awarded France's highest honour after carrying out 30 operations against enemy targets in the Second World War, has died at the age of 100.
    Lawrence 'Benny' Goodman helped to demolish Germany's Arnsberg railway viaduct with a 22,000lb Grand Slam bomb in March 1945.
    He was also took part in a raid which aimed to destroy the German battleship the Tirpitz in October 1944, after it had been damaged by bombs a month earlier.
    And in April 1945, he was part of the team which tried to bomb defeated Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's 'Eagle's Nest', which sat atop a rocky outcrop in southern Germany.
    Goodman, who was awarded France's L├ęgion d'Honneur in 2017, volunteered to join the RAF aged 18 at the outbreak of war in September 1939.
    Selected to train as a pilot, he proved so skilful that in 1942 he was posted to Canada to work as a flying instructor.
    He later requested a return to the UK and, after retraining, became the first pilot without operational experience to be posted to Bomber Command's 617 Squadron.
    His first taste of action came in August 1944, when he took part in an attack on the city of Brest."
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