by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall
A limited opportunity to invest in a historic portrait exhibition including a specially commissioned portrait of the last surviving British Dambuster, Squadron Leader George 'Johnny' Johnson MBE, DFM, now aged 96.
The night of 16th/17th May 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the famous 'Dambuster' raid over Germany by 617 Squadron of the RAF using the ‘bouncing bombs’ invented by Barnes Wallis. The raid was dramatised in the classic 1955 film, ‘The Dam Busters’. The fund will make it possible to hold a special exhibition to commemorate this historic event and reunite Johnny with his 132 squadron members.
Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall, the youngest artist to paint a portrait of the Queen, and also a portrait of the late WW1 veteran Harry Patch, sat with Johnny in February and decided to mount a special exhibition that will feature preliminary studies, and the final portrait to be unveiled ahead of an exhibition that will include portraits of ALL 133 crew members from the original Dambusters raid. Of the 133 aircrew that took part, 53 men were killed and three became prisoners of war. On the ground, almost 1,300 people were killed in the resulting flooding. Although the impact on industrial production was limited, the raid gave a significant morale boost to the people of Britain.
There are opportunities to own a piece of our nation’s history in either print form, or as one of the preliminary drawing studies. Any donations & investments will help to make the exhibition possible and help support the charities that Johnny has nominated.
The exhibition will take place in a central London gallery and proceeds will benefit three charities elected by Johnny: RAF Benevolent Fund, International Bomber Command Centre (in Lincoln); Group 617 (help for veterans. Based in Penarth)