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Old 05-09-2016, 15:53   #1 (permalink)
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The Last British Dam Buster, George 'Johnny' Johnson

...McCarthy's plane was on its own when it arrived over the Sorpe Dam at 00:15 hours, and realised the approach was even more difficult than expected. The flight path led over a church steeple in the village of Langscheid, located on the hillcrest overlooking the dam. As the bomber only had seconds to pull up to avoid hitting the hillside at the other end of the dam, the bomb aimer, George Johnson, had no time to correct the bomb's height and heading.

McCarthy made nine attempted bombing runs before Johnson was satisfied. The 'Upkeep' bomb was dropped on the TENTH run.

53 of the 133 aircrew who participated in the attack were killed, a casualty rate of almost 40 percent. Johnny Johnson was one of the lucky ones.

"I've had an odd life, but one thing I have to say, is that I've been lucky"

Johnny Johnson, 23 April, 2016

The image was subject to extensive post processing in Photoshop CS6 to create a painterly effect.



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Excellent result, his life shows in his face especially in his eyes. Full of detail and character and pleasing lighting.
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Good result of a man that it would be a pleasure to talk to.
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Your processing has certainly worked very well. Lovely portrait, I am sure he and his family are well pleased.
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