In early 2018 Dan Llywelyn Hall had a portrait sitting with the last British Dambuster, George 'Johnny' Johnson. After this sitting, Dan decided that he would paint the portraits of all 133 of the Dambusters for archival photos supplied by families and historians and reunite Johnny with his squadron.
In May, at the time of the 75TH anniversary of Operation Chastise, families from all over the world unveiled the portraits at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.
The collection was then part of an exhibition Dambusters Reunited, where Johnny came face-to-face with his fellow squadron members once again, for the first time in 75 years. This moving occasion marked the anniversary and it was decided by the artist and the Dambusters' families that the collection should remain intact and be eventually kept in a public museum for posterity.
The funding raised will help to purchase the collection and ensure the work is adequately displayed for generations to engage and enjoy for the years to come.