At the age of 100, the last pilot of the Dambusters Squadron passes away.
The sole surviving pilot of the renowned Dambusters Squadron was honored yesterday. Squadron Leader Lawrence “Benny” Goodman died two months shy of his 101st birthday on Sunday.
On his way back from training in Canada, his troopship was torpedoed. When Bomber Command had the highest mortality rate of any British force, the Londoner carried out 30 sorties over Nazi Germany.
After the epic strike on dams over the Ruhr in 1943, he joined the elite 617 Squadron.
Benny took part in their final mission of the war, assaulting Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat in the Bavarian Alps.
He flew 3,500 hours in 22 different aircraft types during the course of his 21-year military and continued as a private pilot until he was 90.
“Benny was one of the ‘I was only doing my job’ generation to disguise the courage beneath that great sense of humour, those twinkle eyes, that unshakable spirit,” recalled his friend Roger Earl.