Jeremy Houghton sketches few remaining survivors to mark air force’s centenary

The last surviving airmen who flew Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster bombers in the second world war, including Sqn Ldr George Leonard “Johnny” Johnson – the last of the Dambuster raiders of 1943 – have been tracked down and sketched by the artist Jeremy Houghton, to mark the centenary this week of the founding of the RAF.

His group portraits – The Last of the Few, depicting the surviving Battle of Britain pilots, and The Last of the Many, of the remaining bomber airmen – will be auctioned online after the centenary flypast over London on Tuesday, to raise funds for the RAF air cadets.

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