New movie to feature last survivor of Dambuster raid

In 2017 film maker Andrew Panton, from Thornbury, and Piotr Forkasiewicz met former RAF hero George ‘Johnny’ Johnson.

Johnny, who was part of the infamous Dambusters raid, explained how the attack on the Sorpe dam involved a completely different method of attack compared to the Mohne and Eder dams.

He pointed out that the attack on the Sorpe Dam was not featured in the original 1955 Dambusters movie.

With this in mind Andrew and Piotr decided to set out on a journey to create a film that tells Johnny’s Dambusters story in a way he wished it to be remembered.

Andrew said: “Johnny and I wanted this film to provide an accurate representation of what actually happened and be true to the facts.

“Johnny was involved throughout the production reviewing the research and screenplay as well as checking through the final edit to make sure he was happy with it.

“One of the interesting aspects of this film is that Johnny provides the entire narrative telling the story in his own words, exactly as it happened.

“Furthermore the visuals effects totally reflect the narrative.

“The visual interpretation of the narrative really helps the viewer understand and experience the events as Johnny describes them.

“For people who are looking for a historically accurate first-hand account, of what it was like to be a part of the Dambusters operation, brought to life with new visual effects, this film is for them.

The Attack on Sorpe Dam film will have the worldwide premiere at the IMAX screen cinema in the Bristol Aquarium on Saturday, May 13 after which the film will go on a tour around the UK.

It follows the story of Johnny and his aircrew from March 1943, on joining a newly formed squadron, for a top secret, special operation that has the potential to shorten the war in Europe.

Johnny describes the dangerous low flying training and events leading up to the operational briefing on May 16th 1943.

Tickets for the premiere are available at –

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