THE infamous Dambusters raid to destroy vital German infrastructure during the Second World War will come under the spotlight at Manchester Airport.

Under the wings of Concorde, the last surviving British member of the raid will take to the stage and talk about Operation Chastise.

Johnny Johnson will talk about his role in the raids on German dams in May, 1943, by the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron on April 19.

As part of Manchester Airport’s 80th celebrations, The Aviation Society and the Avro Heritage Museum has organised the special event to mark 75 years since the operation.

As well as the talk there will be entertainment from a 1940’s singer the Lancashire Belle and there will also be afternoon tea.

The aircraft used for the raid was the Avro Lancaster bomber which was predominantly developed in the factories around Greater Manchester and its first flight was from Ringway airfield which became Manchester Airport.

Mr Johnson said: "I am very much looking forward to our evening in Manchester. In my opinion the Avro Lancaster, was the finest four engine heavy bomber aircraft of the Second World War, myself and colleagues look forward to sharing our experiences of Operation Chastise and other missions where the plane was certainly put through her paces."

Peter Hampson, chairman of The Aviation Society, said: “This is without doubt a unique event which will bring together so many fascinating people from the world of aviation. Johnny Johnson is a true hero having flown over 50 missions during the Second World War and operated as a bomb aimer on the Lancaster during operation Chastise.

There will be a number of special guests on the evening including Mary Stopes-Roe, (Daughter of Sir Barnes Wallis), Eric Verdon Roe (Grandson of Sir Alliott Verdon Roe — founder of the Avro Aircraft Company), Sir Charles Masefield — president of BAE Systems and a former Avro chief test pilot.

The event starts at 5pm and will end at 8.30pm. Tickets are available from The Aviation Society website